Just when you think there aren’t any new concepts for cafes left in the CBD, Analogue Academy Geelong comes along and brings film photography back into focus with while you wait film processing.
It may only seem like yesterday but it’s been roughly 15 years since widespread adoption of digital cameras really took off, leaving behind film cameras and all the analogue oddities that came with it. Such oddities include not being able to see the picture you’ve taken until you’ve shot all 24 pictures on your roll and taken it in for development.
Dan, James and Josh, who are the creators of Analogue Academy Geelong and always up for a laugh and a chat, point out that many of the limitations of film are the very constraints that force you to know more about how to take a good shot. Where burst-mode on an iPhone can take the equivalent of a whole roll of film in seconds, you would never be so lazy when using a film camera.
“Local students are now being taught the old way as a means to get them understanding the fundamentals. And they love it!”
Balance, composition, shutter speed, aperture and so many other elements become front of mind when you have to think about whether pressing that shutter is going to be worth it.
The walls of Analogue Academy Geelong are lined with old cameras and pictures. Every one of the hundreds of shots are impressive but then there are some incredible shots that have been blown up. These are the rotating gallery pieces that come from local professional photographers.
This is certainly a cafe with a difference. You don’t have to be a film photographer to enjoy Analogue Academy Geelong. It’s clear the team love their analogue cars and cameras but that’s not to the complete exclusion of the digital world. You’ll also find a selection of vintage digital gear such as the Super Nintendo which is free to play while you sip your coffee.
Rating for Analogue Academy Geelong
|Coffee:||We had a nice clean long black|
|Service:||Super friendly and interested|
|Kid/Pram Friendly:||Yes. Nice ramp in, lots of space|
|Table/chair height ratio for working from a laptop:||Great|
Contact Details for Analogue Academy Geelong
|Address:||Rear 68-70 Ryrie St, Geelong|
|Phone:||0481 396 085|
|Online:||Website • Facebook|