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RE: How Independent Are We, Really?

Ho-ho! Please don't strikethrough home made pinhole cameras... (For
instance, I have a self-made 15x30cm curved plane panoramic pinhole
camera - which still waits its first use since when I finished it on
May; shame on me!) There are also ways to make your own lens and camera
(proper!); see the book "Primitive Photography: A Guide to Making
Cameras, Lenses, and Calotypes" by Alan Greene.

Yes, you still need something light sensitive - which most probably
would be factory produced - but there are people out there doing
research (and/or sharing previously done research, along with their
personal experience) about DIY light sensitive silver emulsions... (And
we have Dageurreotype, Calotype, Wet-Plate Collodion, Dry-Plate...)


-----Original Message-----
From: John Grocott [mailto:john.grocott403@ntlworld.com] 
Sent: Monday, September 10, 2007 12:10 AM
To: The List
Subject: 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''.
            As Seymour Krim once remarked, ''Use what you've got and use
what you aint got, too.
   Oh, well.  Lets struggle on with the F / Art. That's where the cash
is. Hehehehe!
Quirky John- Photographist - London - UK.