Old Guy’s Rant Alert –
I’ve noticed a trend among some photographers – they tend to quickly fall into the trap of thinking the old ways must be better than the new ones. Somehow making something harder to do makes it better to them.
I can’t wait until they get as old as I am and realize just how backwards that thinking is. Just because you get a retro camera, doesn’t mean that it or you are cool, or that you are an artist or that your images will sell. It just means you got a retro camera.
There are a few things that I know to be absolutely true and this is one of them: Just because it was harder to do the old way doesn’t make it better.
Any and all concerns about process over end product (as I’ve discussed several times here at Photofocus) are a waste of time, but THIS one especially.
When you show me a moving, heartfelt image that causes me to laugh, cry, think, applaud or otherwise react, I couldn’t care less how you did it. I don’t care if you used a pinhole camera or film or an iPhone. What I care about is the image.
But hey – it’s your choice. If you want to go live in the woods with nothing but stone and fire – go for it. You might as well buy one of those beanie caps too. That way you’ll be a REAL artist!
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