|A striking self-portrait by one of the students at Cambridge|
Rindge and Latin High School in New England
Sometimes it can seem as though we film photographers are a bunch of fossils not just for the fact that we're still practising a very old art but also because analogue seems to be predominantly a preserve of those above a certain age.
Yes, there are some Holga Hipsters to keep us young but, at least where I live, very few signs that people in their 20s and 30s have much interest in film and darkroom work. I've tried with my own three kids to get them interested in film but have failed miserably. I even offered to recover a classy Contax 137MA with a pink lizard skin camera leather for my daughter, Freya, but to no avail. I think she quite fancied the idea but would probably have kept it as an ornament.
So, just for a change, here's some good news on the youth front and it hails from the US where there are some schools still keen to showcase the advantages of film and encourage their students to develop a sound analogue base even if they later switch wholly or partly to digital.
Are there any UK schools doing this sort of thing? I don't think so but I'd be glad to hear of any that are.