Prior to the turn of the millennium (approximately), there was no such thing as a "Film Photographer" or  a "Digital Photographer". Film was all there was, so you were just "a photographer". The advent of digital photography gave rise to a form of photographic division and the 'DSLR', instead of just the 'SLR'. And so began the rapid separation of photographers into either Camp A or Camp B. 

Very soon, the number of film photographers dropped, and film production with it. Labs closed down all over the world. Like an evaporating pond, film photographers were becoming left in small, isolated, pockets, just like puddles of water in the evaporating pond. We found our materials harder to come by and more expensive to buy and harder to get developed. The Internet helped keep us united via e-mail, discussion forums, and social media groups thankfully, but we lost that common familiarity between one photographer and another, because almost all of them had switched to digital.

Fortunately Kodak, Ilford and Fujifilm continued their main film lines, even if many were discontinued and the prices rose of those stocks that remained. So, we could carry on, if we tried. But it was (is?) still difficult to connect with people who may live nearby. Often you'd never know where your nearest film enthusiast was to you. Your chances of finding them relied on either chance, or you both using the same social media group or platform, and even then, often, they were not nearby.

"The Film Photographers Map" (TFPM) aims to change that; film photographers register an account, enter their location during registration which plots them on an interactive Google powered map, and then other members can see who is near them. The more of us who take part, the more useful it will be and it will develop into a heat map of sorts.

In the last few years (since about the year 2015), many of us have noticed a resurgence in the use and take-up of film photography. Film manufacturers are releasing new films (like Kodak with Ektachrome), and there is a general buzz about the industry. Even youngsters are discovering film, often for the first time, and finding the lack of post-processing appealing to their professional workflows. Film continues to exist and is doing well. Lets help it continue.