What is the Ecological Footprint of Film Photography?

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I love analog photography!

These pictures for example were made with an old Minolta XG-1 and Kodak Ektar 100 color negative film.

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I love the grain and the colors.

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I wasn’t an early adopter of digital photography, quite the contrary.
I bought my first digital camera, when (at last!) Sony did, what Konica Minolta never managed: Creating a decent full frame digital SLR compatible to the old Minolta lenses and stuff: the Alpha 900.

But, lately, I find myself thinking about what impact the chemical processes of analog photography have on the environment and if it would not be better to switch to digital completely, considering the very good digital cameras available today.

The impact of film photography mainly consists of

  • Chemical waste during manufacturing
  • Possibly the ecological footprint when sending the films to the laboratory
  • Chemical waste during developing
  • Finally, let’s be honest, one day one of our descendants might find all this negatives and slides on the attic and throw them into the trash can.

The impact of digital photography mainly consists of

  • Probably chemical waste during manfacturing of the camera, the batteries and the memory card
  • Certainly a bit higher power consumption
  • Visual environmental pollution, because a lot of people take to much pictures without really taking the time to create an image worth it 😉 😀

I don’t think that the power consumption due to the storage of digital shot pictures is much higher than of analog pictures, because mostly these will be exibited on some digital platform too, for sure.

What now? 🙂

I’m really not sure…

So, what do you think?

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