American photographer Christian Peacock has restored my faith in photography. Digital has reduced the human spirit to a polarised code – you are nothing but a combination of zeros and ones. Not true. Christian shot these beautiful creamy portraits with film. Old school with a touch of the old masters’ aesthetic. The people in these photographs exist. They breathe. They have lives. They have loves. They have triumphs and disasters. They are human. Humanity captured gracefully by a very talented photographer. In my book, old school is doing something real well; with spirit and passion. Christian should be proud of his old school credentials. Please check out his “Making of” blog and learn how analog photography changes the relationship between shooter and subject – the secret sauce that digital has all but forgotten. Source: Blog — Christian Peacock Photography
British artist Tacita Dean alludes to a quality about film that we have all but forgotten in our digitised world, namely, the artistic necessity of gestation. The immediacy that digital affords the creative process has diminished the value of an ‘interval of time’ between start and finish; where mistakes can be made, flaws are seen and incorporated, and the chemistry allowed to surprise. Digital crushes time by being efficient and economical. Digital leaves nothing to chance by banishing the ‘not knowing’ part of creativity that’s an essential ingredient of image making. Our so-called modern world demands clarity, conviction, conciseness, confidence and cost control – digital delivers all these digital left brain qualities. Ambiguity and doubt are the domain of the analog right brain – and that is where interesting things are made. Nuance.
Excellent article on the silliness of the “quality” debate in photography.
“Looking at them I’m reminded that a definition of photographic “quality” is meaningless unless we can define what make photographs evocative. In the digital age, with an enormous emphasis on detail and precision, most people use resolution as their only standard. Bewitched by technology, digital photographers have fetishized sharpness and detail.”
Sums up my feelings about the subject perfectly.
Interesting article about how the big Japanese camera makers are reacting – if at all – to the new paradigm of smartphone cameras. The face-off between ‘quality’ or ‘connectivity’ and sustaining or reinventing a profitable business model has left everybody involved in traditional camera making in a bit of a quandary. Selling expensive high-end SLR’s to the amateur market is a rapidly shrinking niche – but profit margins remain high. The increased megapixels and sensor sensitivity of smartphone cameras are increasingly eating into point-and-shoot camera market share. And everything in the middle is disappearing. As with most things concerning today’s photographic world, contradictions abound, and polarisations of opinion are a plenty. Kodak has imploded, yet we have art photographers gravitating in sizeable numbers back to old analog cameras and emulsion film to rediscover some sort of authenticity in a sea of digital sameness. Increasingly, we ‘consume’ images of low technical quality on small digital screens and want to share them on the matrix immediately. Photography used to be a painstaking process with a high cultural value and the camera manufactures took pride to building machines that facilitated a photographer’s quest for technical perfection. Today, it is all about connectivity. Technical quality can seem like an anachronism when most photography viewed today is at 72dpi on a small handheld digital device. No wonder the camera manufactures are in a quandary. Time to get as smart as the phones methinks. Think outside the box. Literally.