Award-winning portrait photographer Robyn Hills M.Photog., FAIPP – still a dedicated film user herself – talks to architectural photographer Scott Burrows about why he prefers to shoot with film.
“I’ve been called a dinosaur, but I think I’m pioneering again – by definition, pioneers move in a direction that others don’t”, Scott Burrows starts to explain when I ask the question, “Why are you still using film?”
But after checking the definition of “pioneer”, the dictionary says “…one who is first or among the earliest in a field of enterprise or progress”. I think that perhaps the word “maverick” suits better “…a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates”.
And let’s just clarify Scott’s age… he’s only 37 years old so hardly a “dinosaur”. It’s not like he’s been photographing for 30 years and just won’t change. Using film is a decision he’s made by choice, not out of necessity. And not only is he still using film, but also a large format view camera.
Specialising in architecture, interiors and the engineered form – which includes infrastructure such as bridges – he’s been working as a professional photographer for ten years. Prior to that, Scott studied Landscape Architecture and Urban Design so he coupled his love for photography at an amateur level with his experience and background in design and created Aperture & Associates.
Deciding to go into business, Scott wanted to use the name of “Aperture”. To his surprise, he discovered nobody had registered the domain name aperture.com.au so he figured it seemed to be a good omen to go ahead with it all.