Friday, September 14, 2012

Prints stand the test of time

                         1994                                                                 1931

The photography we’re posting on digital media has a shelf life of about ten minutes. We need to think beyond Facebook, Instagram, Flicker etc.

Do yourself one very important favor. When you capture that great picture of your spouse, kids or pets put the picture in a folder called to be printed. Take your disk or what ever to a lab and have some prints made. Photographic prints stand the test of time.  Storing pictures on your phone will fail you someday.

You don’t want to look back 20 years from now and say I can’t remember what my kids looked like on their first day of school. Do it for yourself and for your family.

The pictures I’m posting are of my son (left) when he was 13. It was 1994. It’s shot on film and I have a similar print displayed in our home. The picture to the right is of my father when he was 10 years old.  It was 1931

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bonkers with a cell phone

Hipstamatic / Winkelman, AZ.

Cell phone photography has gone bonkers. Image quality has risen to a point where the work looks great. You don't even need to hold the camera to your face or close one eye. When people say everyone is a photographer now. It's so true. What defines a photographer these days. It's all over the place. Imagine being a fine art photographer who makes a living selling images. Good luck! Just look at Instagram. Quality photography is being produced by 10's of thousands of people all over the world.

Beyond my commercial work, this type of photography is still a self indulging practice for me. I can't live my life through how many "likes" I receive. It has to be fun for me or why do it at all.

I'm still shooting film but not as much.

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Jason 1994

1994, 13 years old and life's a bitch. Budding testosterone and way to many important decisions to be made.  He's got that leadership eye and whit.  He's done quite well for himself.  Grew up, got married and has a terrific career in the semiconductor industry.

The image was made with a Deardorff 8 X 10 view camera using a 360mm Rodenstock lens. The film is Tmax 100 and it was developed by hand in a rotatory drum using Tmax RS developer.