Some thoughts on "Is this Photo Digital" and “Leave the Digital Grind Behind”, “No digital pics on Lomography” and “Save our analogue lifestyle”.
The new option “Is this Photo Digital” has created a bit of a revolt among Lomographers “Leave the Digital Grind Behind”, “No digital pics on Lomography” and “Save our analogue lifestyle”. However the Lomography store is selling lenses for Micro 4/3 digital cameras, they cannot afford to shut out the people who buy these lenses from the website. Our fear is that the digital images will take over this last bastion of film users. Why do I shoot film? It’s more authentic. However, does creating an image on film make it a more valid piece of art? I would say no.
Obviously all the images on this website have been converted to digital, most likely through scanners, however film or photo-paper has been involved in the process of the majority of the photos. Indeed photos made with digital cameras make up a tiny minority of shots on the Lomography website. I think what we, as film users, really object to is the tinkering of the image using programs such as Photoshop. The danger of post processing the photographic image using computer programs, such as Photoshop, is that these programs often remove the authenticity of the photo. However this is not always the case, depending on what you see as authentic. For example, Vancouver artist Jeff Wall shoots with large format film cameras and then uses extensive computer processing to piece together extraordinary images (check out Jeff Wall’s “A Sudden Gust of Wind” and/or “Dead Troops Talk”). Jeff Wall is on the cutting edge of contemporary art; the events he documents are powerful, authentic, and staged. Jeff Wall does not talk about the equipment he uses, this is less important than the final image.
My images, like most on this website are based in film and photo-paper, however I am proud of my digital images as well. What is it that makes an analogue picture analogue? For example, if I use a film camera to take a picture of a digital photograph, scan the negative and put it on this website, is the photo analogue? Of course not, but when we scan our negatives, and still call them analogue, are guilty of the same kind of twisted logic?