How Independent Are We, Really?
Judy's and Don's points taken, but
''alternative'' photo processes could certainly not exist without the good old
lens and camera, and how much is owed to the research and development done
by individuals and exploited by vast companies in that basic field of
photography? It's commercial Life. The advent of the domestic
box brownie and the like. The roll film and then the Oscar Barnac 35mm
camera using motion picture film. We have always been ''at the
mercy'' of the factory setup. The production of B/W bromide paper established a
normality of print processing and a ''mainstream'' mode of
photography. A massive dependence! ! Now we seem
to feel that present technology is a form of control
over these past accepted ways of making pictures. I do feel that
most strongly when I have to discard a bunch of electronic garbage because
it cannot be viably repaired. Same with cameras, altho' only recently did I
buy one and its still working tho' its almost obsolete and the damned thing
needs batteries which the Nikon FM 2 never did.
But its great to have an easily captured digital record of the kids on
holiday. They are certainly not ''alternative''.
Seymour Krim once remarked, ''Use what you've got and use what you aint got,
Oh, well. Lets struggle on
with the F / Art. That's where the cash is. Hehehehe!
Quirky John- Photographist - London -