The great digital vs analogue debate. This me-fi thread
tackles this breezy BBC article
about just how great digital cameras are. But do they improve your photography skills or just increase the ratio of signal versus noise? What's indisputable is that internet distribution means that more photography
is being made - and seen
- than at any previous point in history. Before the advent of digital cameras and global distribution, most people would only have seen photographs created by their close circle of family and friends.
Granted, the sheer volume of images out there means that there's also more 'bad' photography. But everyone edits, and perhaps photobloggers
edit more than most, because when people take time and trouble to post online galleries, they are invariably fascinating. By comparison, most amateur snappers have shoeboxes-full of developed 35mm films, all the ones that didn't make it into the albums. But maybe the loss of these rejections is a bigger problem.
have gone from being a fringe interest to a full-on web obsession; witness sites like Spillway
that eke fascination, wonder and imagined memories from objects rejected or neglected by their owners. Other found links (culled from cardhouse
, museum of find arts
. Where will the 'found' objects of the digital generation be discovered?
A great deal of the hype that surrounds digital products is concerned with sharing moments rather than things
. Obviously, this is a copyright and hence profit issue, but no-one could have failed to notice the countless ads urging us to snap away, print, crop, burn, share, share, share. It’s not crafts as such, not even the sharing of ideas. Instead, it’s a different kind of gift exchange, the commodification of memory. But these objects will be bereft of the patina of age, the rips, tears and stains that create a sense of history. Tomorrow's archaeologists, sifting through landfills brimming with rejected CDs, extracting their precious data, will unearth a past that's still shiny and new.
Some photography. A huge gallery of daily shots by Jessica Chan-Norris
by Marian Starosta
; thousands of images at Supersnail
; Michael Danner's Suburban Skies
, images of London suburbs. See also his shots of Istria
. It's also about time we added Royal Journal
to the sidebar. Where else could you find gems like this
Some other things. Elegant furniture at R20th Century
/ art projects at Terminus 1525
(‘the world’s safest website’), a weblog / fawltysite
, all about Fawlty Towers
/ mystery and misery
, a weblog.
An epic interview with Henry Petroski
over at tmn
. I wasn’t aware of the word ‘celebrified’ before - a bit like reified, perhaps, but not. Petroski talks about the definition of design, the role of branding and we also learn about the fabled Eberhard Faber Blackwing
pencil, lost to the world following an eraser crimping machine accident in 1998 (thank you to Pencil Pages
, 'the world’s Most Comprehensive On-line Resource for Pencil-Related Information....').