I bought a cheap film camera for hobby a few years ago, and just for practice took it to a student protest. I assumed there would be ‘serious’ photographers present with digital cameras to do all the ‘serious’ photography, but somehow they all got locked out and I was the only one left to take photographs of the Vice-Chancellor with policemen facing off against the students.
And for every shot, I had to refer to my manual; and at some point, I looked over and saw all the ‘serious’ journalists with their digital cameras laughing at me through the window.
Yes. But was I foolish enough to be trapped outside when the doors got locked? Jerks.
Could be titled ‘camera obscura.’
The punchline on this one is great.
I like the boat.
Loving your meditation on digital photography (and the comments, too). Great stuff.
Man. Modern World can’t go anywhere these days without getting jumped by EnvironMentals.
Cat and Girl is commodified worldview! And I love it.
When I read Cat and Girl, I get the feeling these are the conversations me and my friends would have if we were all a lot smarter or did a lot more drugs.
i just read about the Collyer brothers.
this reminds me of a conversation i had with my dad at the CNE (toronto fall fair) last week. as we made ready to photograph yet another example of my child on a ride, my dad told me that it would be better for me to just take a video. “i can’t take a video,” i said, “this is a camera.” later in the day, i gave my camera to my mom so that she could take a picture of my and my son on the bee ride. i had to remind her to look through the viewfinder, as the digital screen wasn’t going to give her any useful information. i loves my camera. :)
of course i meant “me and my son.” good for you, typing fingers.
I thought Modern did good work in that Broadway deconstruction of Santa Evita.
Gotta be mindful of the Locavores
Actually, a bunch of my younger relatives have decided to keep sending paper letters to each other, even though they all have e-mail. I don’t hear from them often enough to know their full reasons, though.
I’m sure they’re just being ironic.
“I’m sure they’re just being ironic.” would be good on a t-shirt.
Accessibility of cameras means that now everyone’s an artist. Same thing is happening with literature and music. And we all know that the higher the quantity is, the lower the quality. Just a thought.
Sprayette, are you sure about that? Shakespeare’s sonnets came out when every literate schmo was writing sonnets… the signal-to-noise ratio is only one measure of quality, and I’m not sure it’s the one to apply to literature and music.
Pssch! Everyone takes pictures with their smartphone, that combined computer, cellphone, camera, mp3 player, movie camera, gps, picture and movie viewer, and Internet access device.
Sent from my Android.
@DoubleW That’s easy, they get it in an unopened envelope and hide it after reading it. No parental interference via computer.