“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – A.A.

“Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.” – A.A., originally uploaded by Mr. Gillette & His Image-Making Apparatus.

Laying in bed, wondering if the new professor really said that there was no reason to ever step foot in a darkroom again. That single-track-minded asshole can’t be serious. Photography is an art form. Art is about aesthetics and the process. Sure, a digital image is a more “precise” representation of reality, but when you can print off one or a million and they’re all the same, where’s the art in that? That’s not art, that’s mass production.

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1 comment so far

  1. Berin Loritsch on

    Actually, I would take issue with the statement that digital is “more precise”. Perhaps it is more precise when you compare high speed films and digital, but when you get into ISO 100 and below film becomes much more precise. I would say that you can compare a DSLR to a 35mm slide at ISO 100. Now that digital has caught up, there is about the same precision. Although I would also argue the colors in a slide are sooo much prettier.

    The main point is when you stick a roll of slow film in a camera. Try Rollei Pan 25, you’ll be amazed at the resolution. There is so much that my scanner (which has more precision than my DSLR) can’t capture it all. While not quite the same resolution, Efke KB 25 has more soul. Something you will have a hard time reproducing with a cold digital sensor.

    But these are my thoughts… Digitial has its uses, and each platform has their respective strengths. But to say digital is more precise is to not understand what film is capable of. Besides, how can a series of 1s and 0s be more precise than an analog representation of an analog world?


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