Does a hybrid process enhance a traditional's artistic creativity?
That is beyond the extra tools and techniques it offers.
I find that it's 'freed' my creativity. Released it from the stifling limitations that orthodox traditional boxed me into. I think it's because of the hybrid process that I shoot MORE film now. I find myself thinking not just about the image I am taking, but how the image will be part of a larger final product that may include elements of digital incorporated into it.
Now, I don't always follow through. In fact more often than not, I find there is too much latitude in where I can go with the final product. Like that cliche "a kid in the candy store" I want it all and leave the store sometimes with nothing!
Before I was a WYSIWYG kind of photographer. Today, sometimes I don't even know what the final product will hold.
I find the opposite Art. I've found that the self imposed constraints of equipment, format/size, print medium, etc have enabled me to go much deeper, much faster. I used to constantly dabble and experiment with new things - a new paper or a new toner, maybe lith, enlarging one day and contact printing the next. As a result I confused myself, mastered nothing, and was creatively boring. As soon as I decided to constrain myself I started making real progress. That says much more about how my mind works than about technology or process of course.
What I do find incredibly attractive about hybrid is that when I need to I can make a digital negative for contact printing. I've no plans to stop using film - using a view camera is completely different from using a smaller format, and I very much prefer film negatives to digital ones. But sometimes LF is not the answer. I did a project with a dancer recently - lots of spinning and jumping - almost impossible to work productively with 10x8 (though if we'd had infinite time and money we could have worked this way - as witnessed by some of the prints I posted in APUG a while back). But by using digital capture we built two really good portfolios over a few shoots, and now I'm slowly working through creating decent digital negatives so they can be printed. And when I'm travelling it's much easier to carry a rangefinder and a few rolls of Delta 3200 - develop, scan, print a digital negative, make a platinum print - perfect. I really like the grain from Delta 3200 in Rodinal printed with platinum - yummy!
So for me it's not a creativity enhancer, it's just another tool in the toolbox. But as Thomas said in another thread, "To each their own, I suppose."
Last edited by Ian Leake; 10-31-2008 at 02:21 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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I think this is going to be the deciding factor in this thread. I see those who use hybrid saying "Yes" and those who don't say "No."
Originally Posted by Ian Leake
Honesty, if you are using hybrid there has to be a reason you are doing so, whether it be more options, such as Ian's use of a digital for a subject difficult to do with an 8x10, or something else. Additionally, if you aren't using hybrid then I don't imagine that you feel you are limited by "only" using traditional materials.
Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!