My long standing relationship with megapixels, magnesium bodies, vibration reduction, buffer speeds and getting the ‘best glass’ has recently been called into question. Why, you ask? For many years, trying to keep up with the relentless pace of DSLR development became as important as the images themselves. LIke so many others, I was a slave to the relentless ‘drip drip’ release of staggering improvements in image quality as well as endless modifications of camera bodies and lenses. Add to the mix, a steadfast loyalty to a specific brand (Nikon is mine) and how much better – or worse – than its industry rivals yours was is just a mere glimpse into the crazy world of photographic technology. Things don’t end here…Mac or PC, Adobe CS or Aperture etc is also another battle that raged in the war regarding ‘being the complete modern photographer’. Consequently, the creative process was sidelined taking a somewhat lesser role. The “bells and whistles” of the device had become the goal. Put simply, my creative eye had been lost.
Now a lapsed DSLR user, my salvation came via the medium of Analogue Photography. Gone are the sterile, synthetic sensors devoid of any humanity. My step into all things Pinhole allowed total immersion in image technology at its purest form – an honest process that replaces the perfection and coldness of the digital format. Embracing my new medium has reignited my creative hunger, allowing focus to be on the image and celebrating the array of flaws and blemishes encountered. Moreover, Analogue is good for the soul, replacing the frantic pace of modernity with one of serenity and being in the moment. My photographic journey has been reset. The clumsy and experimental ride has just begun….
- ilford MG RC
- paper negative
- self portrait