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A Guide to Our Newfound Obsession with Film

Why are we so obsessed with disposables and film cameras? There’s a lot more than trying to be like David Dobrik.

David Dobrik can be attributed with starting the trend of using disposable cameras, as he used them fairly often to take candid pictures of his friends. However, this trend snowballed into the glamorization of film in general. What once could have been considered a dying art is now trendy and desirable. Many people crave the aesthetic of film, which is why many people- including myself- have spent hours looking for the perfect picture or video film cameras.

We appreciate this aesthetic, because in a world of perfection and things happening instantaneously, we have perfectly imperfect memories that take time to develop. My friends and I say it’s like a little surprise once you get your film back because you never really know what’s going to be on there.

In this case, old is new for the better. Utilizing film is allowing our generation to be candid and not be so perfect on social media all the time. When trying to decide whether or not you want to join this trend, it can be overwhelming as there are so many options.

As someone who loves film, I am here to help you navigate the world of film for this trend.

For Cheap and Quick options:

If you are looking for the “vibe” of film, but don’t want to spend too much money, and would like your pictures back quickly, I suggest using a film camera app. Huji, 1888, Dispo, or Dazz are all great options, and it depends on what “look” you’re going for.