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    Silvershotz magazine

    I just picked up volume 6 edition 6 of Silvershotz magazine. I think it's a beautiful publication. In this edition, there's an article "Darkroom to Lightroom, exploring Ways of Mimicking Alternative Processes" by Ray Spence and Tony Worobiec. Excellent article. As you probably can guess, it's article on mimicking these processes digitally. There's a brief explaination on what the old process is then it goes on how to get the look using Photoshop and an inkjet printer. I just started doing cyanotypes and I'm not sure you could "mimic" the process. I think digital is too repeatable and is missing the element of chance. I don't have a problem using ink jet film to enlarge an image for alternative processes, however I'm ambivalent about imitating old photo processes. What are your opinion about this subject?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    I don't have a problem using ink jet film to enlarge an image for alternative processes, however I'm ambivalent about imitating old photo processes. What are your opinion about this subject?
    Those who say it's only about the image might also be happy with a knock-off Rolex they can buy cheaply on the street in a large city. It may fool you superficially, but, as an artifact, it will always betray itself eventually.
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    I am not opposed to using hybrid processes, e.g. using a digitally prepared negative for gum printing. I wonde, however, why so many articles propose mimicking analog processes. It will always be a copy, not the real thing. Rather, digital should develop its own unique ways of expression. I think it's another medium.
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    I am not opposed to using hybrid processes, e.g. using a digitally prepared negative for gum printing. I wonde, however, why so many articles propose mimicking analog processes. It will always be a copy, not the real thing. Rather, digital should develop its own unique ways of expression. I think it's another medium.
    Have you seen the light..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadeer View Post
    I am not opposed to using hybrid processes, e.g. using a digitally prepared negative for gum printing. I wonde, however, why so many articles propose mimicking analog processes. It will always be a copy, not the real thing. Rather, digital should develop its own unique ways of expression. I think it's another medium.
    Beautifully articulated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadeer View Post
    I am not opposed to using hybrid processes, e.g. using a digitally prepared negative for gum printing. I wonde, however, why so many articles propose mimicking analog processes. It will always be a copy, not the real thing. Rather, digital should develop its own unique ways of expression. I think it's another medium.
    Imitation, the old saying goes, is the most sincere form of flattery. You are correct: digital imaging is a different medium than traditional photography, and its practitioners should utilize its unique aspects to create unique images. But it seems that every photography magazine has one or more articles on duplicating traditional techniques. It sort of reminds me of how some early photographers attempted to imitate painterly effects.

    I continue to believe that the explosive growth of digitally-imaged art, coupled with the fact that nearly everyone now owns a digital camera and computer (leading to the assumption that digital imaging is "easier" and that "I could do that"), increases the monetary and intrinsic value of traditional photography.
    Last edited by Dan Henderson; 11-08-2010 at 06:39 AM. Click to view previous post history.


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    Is this an example?

    Quote Originally Posted by hadeer View Post
    I am not opposed to using hybrid processes, e.g. using a digitally prepared negative for gum printing. I wonde, however, why so many articles propose mimicking analog processes. It will always be a copy, not the real thing. Rather, digital should develop its own unique ways of expression. I think it's another medium.
    I love the work of Maggie Taylor. I don't consider her a photographer, but more of an illustrator. None of the less, her work is done digitally and clearly stated so.

    http://www.vervegalleryofphotography...biography&a=MT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    I love the work of Maggie Taylor. I don't consider her a photographer, but more of an illustrator. None of the less, her work is done digitally and clearly stated so.

    http://www.vervegalleryofphotography...biography&a=MT
    Interesting work. Would be hard to realize using classic techniques. I think it indeed is a good exemple of the new possibilities digital provides. Tried a hand of it myself a few years ago but it did not satisfy me, others do it better. Now I do what I think I can do best: catch the light and shadow of landscapes and scenes and people that come on my way. On film, that is.
    Have you seen the light..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Henderson View Post
    Imitation, the old saying goes, is the most sincere form of flattery. .... But it seems that every photography magazine has one or more articles on duplicating traditional techniques.
    It sort of makes you wish you could find the magazine they are copying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    I love the work of Maggie Taylor. I don't consider her a photographer, but more of an illustrator. None of the less, her work is done digitally and clearly stated so.

    http://www.vervegalleryofphotography...biography&a=MT
    I admire Maggie Taylor's work as well. One of my girlfriend's favorite shows is "Ghost Whisperer," which features Maggie's work while the opening credits run.

    She is also married to Jerry Uelsmann. So see, digital and analog photographers can coexist!


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