Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sight Unseen.

Still raining. Too much time to kill. As a result, I was just reading through another photographer's blog (Clay Enos, an amazing talent), and got to thinking about this. I agree with what Dan Connor says in the comments too though. I see all digital as progressive; it seems, in terms of what it offers, to be to film what 35mm was in essence to bulky 4x5 cameras in the past: an essential tool and improvement on previous methods of telling the story. And yes, the phone cam is a Kodak Brownie in it's way.

There are many debates though around issues of "digital pollution"... and often, when shooting from the stage for a band, it is shocking to see the number of people entrenched in the front row, intent on their phone cameras held out at arm's length in front of them... and apparently not really listening to the band. They are more intent on what they are seeing moving through the phone... instant chimping, so to speak.

That said, I still love this shot. It has an old school flavour... the second mic that Francois uses is much the same as what appears in the new Cash biopic, Walk The Line, and the smoke is so very Village Vanguard. But the cellphone brings it screeching into the present, and I wouldn't change it for a thing. It's amongst many that were submitted for the article on Fokof mentioned below. Once the afterglow fades, one starts to realise what was not used. No worries though. Just hope I find some way of showing these shots in the future.



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