by Editor David Williams
We can’t really say “imagine no technology” as that is just ridiculous, but let’s just imagine cameras are still analogue. There is no photoshop, Lightroom, Nik etc. Just a camera, lenses and a darkroom.
You are restricted to say the least, but it forces you to make the best of what you have, and it interests me to see what people would come up with.
Would there be a saturation of “photographers” as there are nowadays? I don’t think so. Would print sales be more expensive? I believe so.
Would your services be more valued? Definitely.
Would people have an appreciation for your work as they still do for let’s say Ansel Adams and alike? I guarantee it.
People will argue until the cows come home and more about art and freedom of expression and using computers to show what they feel without any restrictions etc., but come on, what did the greats do? Their works are in art museums forever more, they have published books (not self-published) and furthermore they are remembered.
Now analogue is making a comeback, but digital photography still dominates the market. Is this because it’s easy? Of course, it is. Photography itself is not easy to learn, but computers are easy to learn. Why do you think there were only a handful of real photographers back in the days that could make a good living and now most are closed down or forced into a different profession.
Sure, I have a digital camera, but I studied analogue, so I have a complete understanding of actual photography and I use that knowledge for my work. I also have an analogue camera which I use often, as well as learning darkroom techniques.
Pros of analogue photography as per Wikipedia:
* The time and expense of analogue photography instils discipline
* Depending on the film you can gain a great dynamic range
The first sentence really gets me thinking. In this fast-paced world where everyone wants it NOW, do we lack the discipline that the greats had? I believe so. How many times have I heard people say to me “I don’t have patience for animal photography” I believe instant gratification are the words I am looking for? Saying this, I do not have the patience for sitting in front of a computer for hours on end “creating” a photo so…
One of the “cons” mentioned by Wikipedia was this:
“Analogue photography needs more money and more time than digital does” which is pretty much what I said about time but is it really a con? Does anyone remember the excitement of an image coming to life when darkroom processing? I do and I am not that old! It was the main thing that got me into photography. The only thing I don’t miss is the smell, but sometimes when I do smell something similar, it makes me smile.
So, this brings me to 1X photo contest 'SOOC” from next week.
Of course, the use of a digital camera is permitted, but you only cheat yourself if you don’t follow the rules:
- Manual focus
- No looking at the LCD
- If you go analogue, limit yourself to one “roll” of film (24 exposures, choose your best one).
Photoshop or Lightroom are allowed but you only to use some of the basic darkroom techniques which are:
· Dodge and burn
· Reversion to BW
What you take photos of is up to you. Need inspiration? Look around on 1X, get on the internet and study the greats and dare I say go to a library or a book shop.
So, what are you waiting for?
The contest opens on June 24th and we look forward to your submissions.