John, I agree with you certainly that Brooks isn't in your face about his affinity for digital work. The problem is that in his mind, he believes he was doing DARKROOM work. That philosophical mind-shift is the proverbial 'slippery slope' IMHO. Therein lies the rub doesn't it?John McCallum said:Personally I don't find Brookes Jensen to be too evangelical of digital methods. I'm assuming this was the problem. In this Blog I think he was only making comment about an epiphany he'd had when thinking of how things have changed, particulary in the efficiency of his printing process. Perhaps I've oversimplified it, and there are greater things at work here (?)
SchwinnParamount said:DARKROOM work. That philosophical mind-shift is the proverbial 'slippery slope' IMHO. Therein lies the rub doesn't it?
eric said:Ahhhh, now I see what you are getting at. Right. I don't know what that digital darkroom thing means. You are either in a real darkroom, or in front of your computer.
John McCallum said:He makes no secret of his use of digital methods, and advantages that brings him. Do you think he should?[/size][/font][/font][/color]
Yeah, Ok I'm with you there. And James too. Perhaps the terminology 'analogous' with darkroom methods is a way of giving it value (I'm not sure), or perhaps the concepts/terms/methods are copied because they are tried and proven to be efficient and productive. Or perhaps it's just an easier way to get experienced photographers to relate to the completely different methods.SchwinnParamount said:...The problem is that in his mind, he believes he was doing DARKROOM work. That philosophical mind-shift is the proverbial 'slippery slope' IMHO. Therein lies the rub doesn't it?
Joe Lipka said:I think the blog is merely a continuation of Brooks' assertion that now is the best time to be a photographer because of the flexibility and number of choices that one has to create images. You can lock yourself in the darkroom for an afternoon, work in the relatively bright light of a yellow bug bulb for your alternative printing processes or just sit down at the computer for a half hour and maybe knock out a print or two before dinner.
We have choices. That is a wonderful thing to have.
As for output and the relative value of same, check out the blog directly below the "half hour" blog. Nobody really cares how much effort you put into an image. All they are interested in is the image. Content, not medium is the message.
James M. Bleifus said:...People love to know that you work hard if your work speaks to them. If they don't like your photographs they don't give a damn how hard you worked.
Just my two cents.
He he.paul ron said:... I can always put my negative on my fat belly while getting a tan and have an image in an hour or two or perhaps as opposed to a donut image of a CD. ummmmmm
lenswork said:] So . . . please pardon the use of the term "darkroom." I didn't mean to offend folks who are traditional darkroom printers. I just don't what else to call it yet.
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Written Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at 7:13 PM.
lenswork said:Golly, I had no idea my blog would bring forth such interesting comments! I am flattered that you are all listening. I should, though, probably clarify my comments about the "half an hour" of darkroom work.
lenswork said:However, when it comes to SPOTTING prints or even cutting mat boards, that is another story. I don't find these kinds of tasks meditative. I do find simply them grunt work. This is what I was doing before dinner -- spotting prints and then printing them to see if they were spotted cleanly or if the spotting work was visible. Sometimes I spot/print several cycles before a print is clean and I am satisfied. My aging eyes being what they are, I often find I have missed spots and need to go back at it again.
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