On every trip I go on whether for leisure or for work, I bring along at least one roll of film to shoot for myself. I treat this roll of film as a little gift for when I get home. It ends up being the perfect souvenir, not only because it was created in the place I experienced, but also because it was a captured memory or moment.
The last photo job I went on to the Bahamas, I was asked (more than a few times) why I shoot film when I could probably reproduce the same "look" digitally. Perhaps I could get close to producing the same look as film digitally, but I could not reproduce the experience of shooting film.
The experience is what makes shooting film magical. Each frame is important. Each frame is unrepeatable, unique, and a chance to create something that requires patience to view. When I shoot in film, i'm creating a gift for my future self.
In a world of instant gratification, film makes me wait. And that experience is sometimes the most important of all.
Here are a few of my "souvenirs." Hope you enjoy!