if it's not a sundial, it's a camera
It seems there is a lot to do with light, and it's transmission, jammed in my head. Unfortunate really.
Photography, this wonderful invention, has had me firmly in it's grasp for most of my life, and it's been quite a long life. I was lucky enough to have parents who indulged my hobbies.
The advent of digital, I feared, would be the end of photography, an assumption many people have made about almost everything new. I can't believe I was responsible for such a statement, but there you go - I also made some wild statement about Israel not being stupid or arrogant enough to invade it's neighbors and what do we have? A rerun of the 1996 murder of 100 civilians in Qana. Same effect, different decade.
No wonder Mel Gibson has taken to drink.
With the gradual increase of interest in HDR I find myself becoming more digitally inclined. Also panoramic stuff is easier when you can get the results straight into Photoshop. There are advantages after all.
What can I say?
It will never alter the fact that traditional (real) photography needs to be kept alive, if not for the incredible depth of colour and the silkiness of black and white, but for posterity. Some evidence that we spent all those years agonizing over f stop numbers, film speed, all the things that make up a good shot.
It is indeed a pleasure then, to see increasing numbers of people taking up the humble art of the pin hole camera.
There is also a healthy following of the wonderful Lomo camera considered by some to be the most inaccurate camera on the face of the earth. The Lomography motto is "don't think, just shoot", which is the perfect way to approach photography, in fact it's the way I deal with digital photography.
Other healthy, and surviving pursuits include cross processing - the process for slide film is used for print film and the other way around. If you're looking for contrast it's a good method. Experimentation is the key. If in doubt just take it anyway.
But, back to the humble pinhole camera. You see, it's making a come back. I have to admit I missed world pinhole day which was April 30, but never fear for there is all the time in the world to take up the cause of pinhole photography, and numerous sites around that advance it's cause.
Take a look at the Lighthouse in a Tree site - near the bottom of the page you will see a downloadable pinhole camera. In PDF format, it will print out exactly as you need it to. Put it together, load it with some film and go out there and make a picture. Capture one second, or 100th of a second of your life. Freeze it, keep it, stash it for someone to find under your floorboards in 100 years.
Hopefully while you are there you will feel the need to purchase one of the wonderful silver prints they have available. An investment in beauty.
Let's do something that doesn't involve pixels, scanners, memory cards, batteries. Let's keep it alive.
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