Quote of the Day

“I’ve hit a wall with digital and I’ve gone back to view camera… looking forward to trying the new Ektar when it is released…”

– Don, Vermont photographer and comrad on Figital Revolution

It’s moments like these that give me a warm fuzzy feeling and hope for film / hybrid based photography.

2 Responses

  1. A little rant on Imacon the scanners.

    I found that it is actually cheaper to do traditional dark room printing. I say this because just to rent an Imacon is $50 – 60 per hour and to buy one is a $13,000 investment. Because of the expense, it is hard for me to justify spending that kind of money on technology when I can use traditional darkroom technique for much less. At Print Space in Manhattan, it only costs $20 per hour to reserve your own personal black & white darkroom; for color, it is $14.50 per hour.

    The cost of renting an Imacon is a bit much for my taste compared to the darkroom. I wish places would be a little cheaper so it would allow people like me to be able to experiment with that type of technology. I think lowering the price would also encourage people to use film and experiment more with scanners.

    With that said, I have been working with a flatbed scanner (Epson 4499) so that I can experiment and learn about scanning negatives. The problems that I have with the scanner are how time consuming it is and that, after a while, the additive colors that come from the screen really start to bother my eyes.

    I am interested in the fact that, with a hybrid workflow, one can print on many papers. It’s something that I am thinking about for the future.
    In the hybrid workflow, photography starts leaning towards a more contemporary form of Printmaking.

    I enjoy Patty Smith’s instant photography that she did with her Land Camera. I think there is a lesson to be learned with her work.

    http://www.lensculture.com/webloglc/mt_files/archives/2008/03/patti-smith-polaroids.html

    I like that there is no big workflow or fancy equipment and she is still able to create an image that is poetic. Her tonality doesn’t have a huge dynamic range, but is soft and simple, just like her subject matter. It is the simplification of her work that shows a keen sensibility to the medium.

    It frustrates me how complicated and expensive photography can be. I feel equipment doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to be able to do good photographic work. I wish that high-end scanner were a little bit more accessible to people who don’t have a lot of cash flow. I feel that Imocon scanners shouldn’t be that expensive to rent.

    Thanks for reading,
    Scott.

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