It’s true, nothing can replace your analogue shots. Not even your analogue cameras, Lomo or not, and make you love the digital counterparts even more.
A photographer has been making much progress in making sure that the old analogue SLRs of yesterday, those loved and used for leisure and profession get a new playground. It’s his way of saying that analogue is here to stay.
Behold, the Digipod. James Jackson, a former professional photographer had always wished to get back on clicking away using his analogue cameras – hopefully he gets his chance now. With only a few days left in his campaign to finance the production of the Digipod, a lot of shutterbugs are buzzing about the project. Though nothing really changes the feel of shooting analogue, this labor of love of one enthusiast just shows the connection kept between camera and photographer. A forerunner of the project in 2000 by a company named Silicon was short lived due to technical difficulties.
Jackson explains the inner workings of the Digipod in a video he produced to show potential buyers and analogue aficionados out there. The simple device fits into the back of the analogue SLR as a normal back or film roll would and “advancing the film” will make use of muscle-memory – it advances to your next shot just as you would with a normal analogue SLR. It may make you feel like you’re holding a hybrid or android baby in your hands. In a way, it’s another accessory that you can use to have more fun (not that you don’t already have had enough fun!) with your favourite analogue cameras.
The Digipod is a take on the transformation of the analogue camera into the digital world. But the question is if ,as analogue enthusiasts, we want this to happen. You can never replace the familiar feeling of actually having to replace and advance a roll, rewinding it after shooting, or developing your own prints in your darkroom. Having a technological advancement such as the Digipod will take the whole analogue-digital, yin-yang relationship to an entirely new level.