“I have some rolls of 100 speed, and a bunch of chemicals in my closet right now. As long as there are people out there that want to shoot it, film will endure. It's will get expensive as hell, and [In the future]we may end up having to go online to research how to make our own chemicals, but people will continue to shoot film,” said photographer Michael Sullivan. “Digital has made it increasingly simpler for an amateur to capture an amazing image. But this is a bi-product of being able to take hundreds of photos without the hindrance of having to change out rolls and rolls of film. Talent is involved, yes.”
“My father had an old Canon 35mm in the back of a closet. I still have it, and it still works and takes good pictures,” he said.
Michael’s photography career started while he was a student at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. “I had some artistic ambitions when I was in school, but as the real world loomed larger, and larger, photography became more and more of a hobby," reflected Michael. "I got more serious about it when I got a good job, and actually had some money to devote towards my hobby. I didn't shoot for several years.”
Michael attributes his wife with encouraging him to take the plunge from enthusiast to professional. “My wife had talked about getting a nice camera to take pictures of the kids with, and we could afford it. I caught the bug again, and the rest is history.”
Michael Sullivan is a family man residing in Dothan, Alabama and is always ready for a freelance assignment. “People. I used to do a lot of still life, and architectural type stuff. But I did a senior portrait shoot for a friend who's daughter was graduating, and I was hooked.”
Michael believes a pro must have “an eye for the value in even the most mundane object.”
One day film photography will in the end be totally replaced by digital photography, and when that day come, our vintage craved youth population will seek out photographers like Michael Sullivan; but until that day comes, Michael is willing to stick with the technological advances for sake of gigs. “There is a quality to film that you can't capture with digital. That being said, as a professional It is more profitable to shoot digital. So I shoot film for personal, and digital for business,” he said.
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Credits: All photographs taken by MSullivan Photography. Photo #1-Teddie J Pharris(Model); Photo #2-Ryan Flynn (Model); Photo #3-Lanay Martin (Model); and Photo #4-Katie Vadakin (Model) .