The Red Light District: Digital vs Analogue

More musings:

A camera is but a tool. A means to an end.

The photographer is the artist, the voice and the creator.

And the photographer photographs. Whatever the tool – be it old or new, big or small, digital or film.

Simple.

Or is it?

What of the romance? The je ne sais quoi? The character and humanity of the photographer? The journey the artist must go on?

No one questions the paint a painter uses. No one looks at a painting and asks why were oils used rather than acrylic? Why charcoal and not pencil?

And more fundamentally, the existence of one medium does not threaten the existence of another. Oils and water colours coexist, each with their champions and each with their advantages and uses.

Let’s get over this divide, this pitting one against the other. Lets accept that there is a place in this world for both digital and analogue photography.

Is it as simple as that? Perhaps.

Just as soon as manufacturers, retailers and commissioners stop threatening the analogue way of life.

If someone decided to stop manufacturing water colours, there would be a protest. If people stop making fountain pens because biros are cheaper and more convenient or because the market for fountain pens had shrunk so much, what would happen? So why do people expect analogue photographers will start using digital because companies may stop manufacturing film? Or think that film is an old quaint habit and that those of us left in the past will one day see sense.

Digital photography and technology is truly amazing. The convenience, the tools, the sheer technology is mind blowing. Think back 20 years and it staggers me, the arrival of the internet, mobile phones, email and yes, digital photography. There are many aspects I have embraced and will continue to embrace.

But I also choose to create my photographs using film and a darkroom.

I have chosen my path, my tools and I enjoy the journey I take to create my photographs, to achieve my results.

And I am not alone.

Leave us be, don’t threaten us with extinction. Supply us with our materials, appreciate the work we do, commission us occasionally and we may just stop evangelizing about film, the journey it takes us on and the beauty of our tools.

Perhaps.

Latest

Blog_Cover_Swarm_500x345

Swarm

It was as simple as ‘get to the top of Finland and turn left’.  At least that is

Blog_Odadahraun_Desert_Iceland_Aug_2015

Blink and you’ll miss it

Iceland. Never has the essence of a country so closely resembled the way in which I see the

F01-33D_blog_cover

Under the Stars in Madagascar

There are times when writing about memories from as far back as my eighteenth year feels wrong. How

Blog_Viewpoints_Cover

Viewpoints

The Rooftop Collective exhibition edition VI Tempus Fugit. So they say. Here we are again, another Rooftop Collective

Memories

Map_of_Hungary

Cycling into Hungary

Eighteen years old, Morgan and I had decided to cycle to Eastern Europe from Milan, our home at

Blog_F22-45A

In Sweden without a camera

There have been many, many times over the last seven or eight years when I have been unable

Blog_F01-33B

The shitting fields

India 21-04-11: Driving towards Delhi from Mathura, early in the morning as the sun came up, mist rising,

University_of_Brighton_Logo

Revolution in the air

Three years at art college would not be complete without some politics, squatting and clashes with the police.

Randomly Selected

Just_Like_Starting_Over_Blog

(Just Like) Starting Over

In 1980 John Lennon released his first single for five years after a long period of self imposed

Photography_and_Smells

Photography and smells

There may not be an immediate, obvious connection between photography and smell, but to me the two are

Blog_Odadahraun_Desert_Iceland_Aug_2015

Blink and you’ll miss it

Iceland. Never has the essence of a country so closely resembled the way in which I see the

Blog_F22-50B

Five Minute Windows

After driving over 7000km in nine days around Scandinavia it was the morning of my last day. I