DC photographer shows film photography is alive and well

"Fall is an opportune time to visit the National Arboretum out in NE Washington, DC. I will often bring my film camera and walk the entire arboretum grounds, or just have a quick visit to a specific section. The bonsai trees are usually at the top of my list. The colors are once again remarkably vibrant and photographing the scene on film gives me an added sense of enjoyment."

Stephen Chong can often be found walking all over the district (yes, even in the freezing, cold winter) attempting to document street scenes of the city, or what has been recently referred to as “urban landscapes.” And like a growing number of photographers, he often eschews digital for an analog camera.

“Using film has now become my medium of choice for personal projects because I enjoy the textures and aesthetic I can get with the different film emulsions. It adds a characteristic that find naturally beautiful,” Stephen said.

Stephen, known on Instagram as @stephanechong_analog, co-founded the @202filmcollective on Instagram along with Roger Yu (@ryugphoto), to provide a community and resource for anyone interested in using film as a creative medium.

Of the photo above, Stephen says: “Washington, DC has many great color palettes that are beautifully and naturally exhibited when shooting with film. Every Spring the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees are a favorite subject of mine to photograph. You can often find a pocket of trees tucked away from the busy tourist centered tidal basin. This scene is of the magnolia tree reflections in the Enid A. Hauptman garden by the Smithsonian Castle.”

Check out the @ClickDCFest Instagram feed where Stephen has been doing a takeover all week.

All images © Stephen Chong.

"Fall is an opportune time to visit the National Arboretum out in NE Washington, DC. I will often bring my film camera and walk the entire arboretum grounds, or just have a quick visit to a specific section. The bonsai trees are usually at the top of my list. The colors are once again remarkably vibrant and photographing the scene on film gives me an added sense of enjoyment."
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