Jamie Potvin, a darkroom professor at the Ottawa School of Photographic Arts — commonly known as SPAO — has witnessed a resurgence of interest in film photography despite the dominance of digital cameras in the 21st century.
“For a while it was like these niche companies supporting (the film) for the amateur,” Potvin said. “Now big companies are buying him up, so hopefully that means he sticks around.”
A article in Bossan e-commerce acceleration platform, recently showed that demand for movies was 61% higher in the United States in 2021 than in 2020.
“Film cameras, once thought to go the way of the dinosaur, seem to be only growing in popularity,” the article says.
A few Ottawa businesses, such as Galaxy Camera on Bank Street, sell disposables, develop negatives, and offer repair services for vintage film cameras.
People like Neddy McIntyre say they love movies because it’s an experience.