The Cameraventures team recently launched the Save Analog Photography project to see the current status of film photography in the world and know where it is heading in the future. Thousands of participants of the survey came from different parts of the world. Among these, there were 316 film photographers from the Philippines who participated in the Save Analog Cameras survey.
Since the Philippines is an archipelago and the population is spread out, the film community in the Philippines is diffused, as well. All of these film photographers have different backgrounds, experiences, and preferences.
The Age Group
Population-wise, the Philippines is a young country. The median age of Filipinos, according to the 2015 Census of Population by the Philippine Statistic Office, is at 24 years old.
This fact shows in the study. A chunk of the participants, around 96 percent, are from 16 to 45 years old. Among the 316 participants, 43 percent are between the ages of 21 to 26 years. This is the largest age group among the film photographers who joined the survey.
There is also 26 percent who form the 16-to 20-year-old group. Around 21 percent, on the other hand, are aged 27 to 34 years old. Only about three percent of the participants are between the ages of 46 to 75 years old.
The study shows that most of the film photographers in the Philippines are still in their twenties. These are mostly Millennials and from Generation Z. Although they were born and raised in the digital age, their affinity to analog photography is interesting. This nostalgia and curiosity in a medium that they barely encountered growing up are making an impact in their lives.
The Analog Person Profiles
Cameraventures has identified four personalities that form the analog community. These are the collectors, gearheads, artists, and newcomers.
The collector is usually male in his sixties who has amassed a collection of film cameras throughout his lifetime. The gearhead, meanwhile, is commonly a 34-year-old engineer who has used film cameras as a young boy/girl. He/she loves the quality of gear more than the results it produces. The artist is not defined by an age or gender, but more of a philosophy that film is a concept of preserving time and emotion. Lastly, the newcomer is more concerned about his/her shots on social media rather than prints. Although he does things differently, he/she has a lovely aesthetic philosophy in his photography.
In the Philippines, most who participated in the survey considered themselves an artist or a newcomer. There is a strong affinity towards these two types of personalities. Around 30 percent, or 96 people, said that they were exactly an artist or a newcomer. It is interesting to note that a big chunk of the survey, around 35 percent, thought that they were slightly like an artist but not exactly like one.
The Collectors and the Gearheads in the country only totaled to less than 15 percent. Only 7 percent said they were exactly a collector while 6 percent said they were exactly a gearhead.
Having an artistic yet a newbie group of film photographers in the community shows the potential of film in the country. There is a fresh desire for film photography by a much younger group. Although these film photographers are probably experimenting with the medium, this drives the community upwards.
The result also matches the majority of the age group. Having a young crowd in the film community correlates to their newbie and artist profiles.
Number of Cameras They Own
Since we already have a general idea of the average film photographer in the Philippines, let’s take a look at how many cameras do these photographers own.
According to the study, there are 171 people or 54 percent own around one to three film cameras. Only 60 participants or 19 percent have three to five cameras. The numbers start to go down from there. Twelve percent own six to eight film cameras while five percent have nine to 12 cameras.
However, the trend dips at 19 to 25 cameras with only two participants owning such a number. Then it regains count at 25 to 35 cameras, with seven people or two percent having such a collection and around three percent owning more than 35 film cameras.
With these numbers, it seems that majority of the film photographers have a compact camera collection or are probably just starting out with a few cameras.
Based on the research, the average film photographer in the Philippines are from ages 21 to 26 years old and most consider themselves either an artist or a newcomer. The film community in the Philippines uses a lot of films and have a certain aesthetic philosophy that they uphold to mostly due to their age and influence.
Having such new film photographers is a clear sign that the community is formed and fueled by young blood. There are creativity and potential in the country because of the thirst of these young photographers for film.
There is a huge potential in the Philippines’s film industry because of the demand created by a younger and hungrier group. Although there is no local source of films in the Philippines, many are helping in keeping the fire alive by sourcing out films from abroad. Such small acts in the community keep analog photography alive.