There are many reasons for modern photographers to shoot digital, less often do we hear a defense for choosing film photography. Tom Roughton took his first analogue photography class in 1998, it focused on documentary photography and darkroom technique. In college, Tom focused more on painting and design, majoring in the both mediums at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Photography was never left far behind, but was often limited to whatever digital cameras he could get his hands on. In 2007, Tom got his first DSLR- a Canon Rebel XT- and it was then that Tom started to see his photographic vision within reach. The DSLR allowed him to explore and understand light, and the many ways to capture it. The camera became like an additional body part. For years he dreamt of becoming a combat photographer and traveling to Afghanistan and other war-torn parts of the world to document the unpleasantries that most people in the western world are easily able to avoid seeing and confronting.

In 2011, as Tom was considering a professional, full-frame sensor DSLR, a slightly older 35mm Canon Rebel K2 fell into his lap. This camera became a great transition from digital to analogue, as it felt so similar to the digital Rebel. With some fresh batteries and four-pack of cheap color negative film, he set off to a weekend festival; unknowing that he would never look at photography the same again. Later that summer, on a road trip to New York, he stumbled upon a pinhole camera and a Lomography Supersampler in the same week. This was only the beginning of a film camera addiction. Not long after, Tom bought a Lomo LC-A+ and inherited his grandfather’s Minolta XG-M. Ever since, the collection has only grown.

Along with being a passionate photographer, Tom is also a painter by profession and trade. As a responsive live painter, most of Tom’s work is created at music events and responds to the feeling of the music and energy of the crowd. You can view his collection at www.traaaart.com.

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