The True Lives of Millennials, Captured on Film

By Brada - 3 min read

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They might be the first generation to grow up in a digitized world, but millennials are increasingly finding their creative expression in film formats.

low angle view, no people, growth, beauty in nature, sky
real people, low section, street, walking, men
low section, one person, real people, lifestyles, women

Far from their passive reputation, millennials are turning out to be a real creative force in photography. Not only have they refined the art of digital photography, they’ve also defined the genre of mobile photography – all while embracing the nostalgic quality of film.

 30-34 Years,  Close-Up,  Focus On Foreground,  Mid Adult Men,  Person
 Arts Culture And Entertainment,  Bavaria,  Close-Up,  Cropped,  Electric Guitar

“Taking analog pictures stands in contrast to the fast pace characterizing the digital world.”

one person, studio shot, standing, real people, outdoors

“Film is a medium less for recording situations and more for artistically seeing the world”, an EyeEm community member recently explained to us. Taking analog pictures stands in harsh contrast to the fast pace characterizing the digital world – and produces pictures that appear more lifelike than their slick digital equivalents.

We’ve seen a steady stream of film photos being uploaded to our platform – a reflection of this new wave in photography as well as a growing appetite for the look among image buyers.

“There’s more to millennials than meets the eye.”

But first and foremost, these photos show that there’s more to millennials than what meets the eye. Just like the generations before them, they are looking for ways to express themselves – and by choosing film to do it, they’re balancing out the pace of technological progress that dominates our age.

 Analog,  Architecture,  Beach,  Beach Holiday,  Beauty In Nature
 25-29 Years,  Adolescence,  Adult,  Adversity,  Alternative Lifestyle
Basket, Covered, Covering, Dryer, Full Length
 Close-Up,  Day,  Dessert,  Dessert Topping,  Focus On Foreground
amusement park, arts culture and entertainment, ferris wheel, amusement park ride, fairground ride
 25-29 Years,  Clear Sky,  Contemplation,  Copy Space,  Day Dreaming
 Bed ,  Blanket,  Cat,  Close-Up,  Day
human eye, looking at camera, human body part, real people, portrait
Barefoot, Bed, Comfortable, Fabric, Home Interior
 20-24 Years,  Abuse,  Addiction,  Adult,  Adults Only
Acoustic Guitar, Arts Culture And Entertainment, Auto Post Production Filter, Beach, Beauty In Nature
 Day,  Double Exposure,  Dress,  Friend,  Friendship
 Adult,  Adults Only,  Barefoot,  Beach,  Carefree
hair, portrait, hairstyle, one person, long hair
one person, young adult, real people, indoors, wallpaper
one animal, no people, nature, animal themes, close-up
tree, nature, adventure, forest, day
one person, real people, indoors, front view, sitting
 Arts Culture And Entertainment,  Bangkok,  Blurred Motion,  Event,  Exploding
real people, one person, men, day, sitting

Header image by @Nikos.