Tuesday, February 04, 2014

End of the Line?



Post-Script: Going back through my archive of Harman Direct Positive prints, it seems I just didn't do enough work with this medium, despite my enthusiasm, to be able to say that I'm genuinely satisfied. And so it's a sad ending to a very promising field in photographic technology, one that promised the convenience expected of the modern digital era in a process simple enough to manage by the likes of me, yet one that delivered the goods in terms of image quality and physical tangibility. The worst part of it is all those people out there who never knew the joys of working in this medium, and who might have done so if properly encouraged. It really is a sad day, creatively.

Atonement must be made, a wake of sorts must be conducted. I would suggest we all get out there with whatever traditional creative tool or process it is that we use, whether it be manual typewriter, film camera or something more obscure, and have at it, invite the Muse in for a spell, and be lost in the joy of pure creativity.

Top image via 150mm binocular lens on Graflex Speed Graphic camera using Harman Direct Positive Paper, typecast via Olivetti Lettera 22 and flatbed scanner.


Blogger Bill M said...

Sad. Like the loss of Kodachrome and the great Kodak films. People in general think digital garbage is everything. I like it too, for quick, easy, and cheap. The last word though is what it is c h e a p . Image quality is not like real photography even though many professionals are full digital. The gear they use also costs in the 10s of thousands of dollars. I still do not think digital renders the great photos that can be created with film and paper.

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