Somewhat related: here is an interesting Economist article addressing the question of why Kodak and Fuji seem to be headed in two very different directions:
True, true, I also have several photos in my head that could take a long while to "find." But the "act" of taking a single photograph ... of composing on the spot... that is quite different from writing. At least for me. With writing there is no shutter released, no time interval of capture, which is what this little ditty was about. With writing I feel completely comfortable with coming back and revising over and over. In photography, once the shutter's released, that's it... for that specific moment at least.
Not the way I photograph! I rarely click the shutter. When I do it is after hours of preperation (studio) or obsevation (anywhere but in studio). I am not "satisfied" with any of my pieces. I am always striving for my image to be what I see.
Writing is pritty much the same. Never satisfied. I do believe that writing emplys a "higher" brain function than anything that involves pictures, be it photographing or painting.
I have poems that I have been working on for 45 years. And images I have been working on for 3 years. Digital options ifor my work have made it harder, not easier. With more options without alot of equipment manuvering, such as multiple enlargers. My mind eye demands more of my skills.
But realy, most of my time is spent playing "chemist". My art is totaly dependant on panchromatic emulsions. Since Kodak realy pissed me off by killing Techpan, I have devoted most of my time to developing a Panchro emulsion of fine grain yet fast enough for in-camera color separation work. I go through alot of silver, with little to show in terms of art. But I have been an"inventer" swince pre-school and, for some reason, I see beauty in complexity for the sake of complexity, where most people are the opposite.
Absolutely, there are still some good reorg routes even now for Kodak. Let's see.
You might know already that most companies that declare bankruptcy do so to reorganize debt and contractual obligations and frequently do not stop operations. Look at how long United flew in bankruptcy. Polaroid operated for a decade after bankruptcy. If it wasn't for bad guys raiding the company (Petters, now incarcerated) it would still be operating as a much smaller, but profitable company. There is virtually no chance that film production overall will stop in the near term at Kodak because that unit, recently combined with other units to prop them up, ran at a profit. It may not now that it has been combined, but that is a move made by EK to make the overall value (to private equity, for instance) higher. APUG and other groups are focused on traditional, older marketplaces for the most part. There is an entire new generation, not represented here, that is just discovering Photography with a capital P. Apple knows this, and may be waiting for the right price.
Perhaps an interesting footnote to my rant- many labor violations have been detailed at Apple facilities:
Ah perhaps we should combine the two. Poetry written on home-spun plates...
It is less costly in terms of raw materials, but I find writing to be much more time consuming. I'm never happy with the final written product so I keep at it... for years. Photography, on the other hand, forces you to compose on the spot, a lot more like rapid improvisational writing, right?
You are the 2nd experimental photographer(for lack of a better description of what I do) besides me,who is also a poet. I picked up the pen many years befor I picked up a camera.
Poetry is much less costly!
I can do semiconductor wafer spincoating. With my current setup, I can readily spincoat 6" wafers with extremely good uniformity. Been itching to try it with various emulsions. I am also itching to make some IR sensitized plates.
Yes, I do coat my own plates. But I am not very good at it. I am sure that a description of your coating method would be appreciated on the emulsion Forum.
I work with panchro emulsions and have to wear an IR "night vision" monocal when I coat. I need every suggestion out their!