Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I'm happy thatJane has emailed me some thoughts on what I wrote about digital photography. Jane is an exceptional photographer and blogger in Gloucester, MA, and has done some great work in documenting some of the less noticed parts of that city. And she's a rockin' mom with knitting needles for laser beams.

Anyway, she writes, in part (hope you don't mind, Jane):

After years of viewing the photographs of the photographers in my family, viewing
the photographs of others and wondering about the process by which
their images were made, I became a photographer.... I
started taking pictures, seeing things, people, everyday living in a
way that I hadn’t before. I started messing around with light and
learning about exposure and aperture and shutter speed. I started
getting closer to the subjects I photographed—both physically and
emotionally. I started ‘getting lost’ in the act of taking a
picture—something that had not happened before I bought the digital. I
couldn’t get ‘lost’ before because I was thinking about how much film I
had in my camera, how much it would cost to develop this film, and thinking about the fact that I might hate every picture...[W]ith the purchase of my digital
camera I went from someone who took an occasional photo to someone who
photographs something almost daily.


Digital photography has brought something out of people, often people who
haven’t had much experience with taking pictures, that didn’t exist 10
or 20 years ago. There is a warmth and intimacy in photos now that is
captured through experimentation, prolific taking of pictures—a person
might take 100 pictures of the same thing whereas before they took one
or two shots, or nothing at all...

I have some of Jane's photos in my home and they are, indeed, warm. The subjects are warm to me, and it hadn't occured to me in my first post on this subject that digital pictures allow us to make mistakes and adjust until we find the thing we are looking to present. But I said I wasn't a photographer, right?

Jane also points out that in a few short years we may all see the early digital pictures with nostalgic eyes. I don't doubt it. Funny, but I normally think of myself as forward-thinking, etc. More and more I'm aware of my own weakness for nostalgia.

Thanks for commenting Miss Jane.

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