My newest camera in regular use was made in 1971. I use a watch made the year the Titanic sank, I take pictures with lenses that are older than that. I do not own a cell phone. I have not had television since 1988 or 89. My telephone, which is connected to a copper landline, dates from the late 1960s, it has a rotary dial and a melodious bell.Most of my electronics have vacuum tubes. I use cast iron and steel cookware, no teflon, no aluminium. I grind fresh coffee every morning (the night before if I have stay-over company).
Originally Posted by TareqPhoto
Because I like simple technology that I can maintain and repair, won't make me ill, yields very high quality results, never breaks down, and doesn't depend any more than neccesary on a "network". I haven't had anything break and need to be replaced in well over 20 years.
I am 52.
I keep this on the shelf right next to my Internet network bridge and wireless router, just to remind me that everyone who came before Steve Jobs and Bill Gates was not as utterly stupid as the tech marketers of today desperately want us to believe.
And yes, it still works just fine, thank you very much...
(There was a time I could hack out ~5 wpm using the ORIGINAL digital codec, but that was a long time ago.)
"When making a portrait, my approach is quite the same as when I am portraying a rock. I do not wish to impose my personality upon the sitter, but, keeping myself open to receive reactions from his own special ego, record this with nothing added: except of course when I am working professionally, when money enters in,—then for a price, I become a liar..."
— Edward Weston, Daybooks, Vol. II, February 2, 1932
Ok, let me put it this way, i live in a different country, different culture, different services and laws and government, photography with old gear is not something many or even some doing it here, out old phones with old network services are out of work or as you say out of service and not useful at all to even call the emergency.
Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh
I am not against old or analogue, but dying with it and not using new things is not something all people in the world must do, i started film but didn't use it much after digital, i will never say i hate film, i liked the joy of developing and even printing if i do that, but this will not make me to give up all new and nice technology i can use nowadays, if you don't need or care about this new technologies at least others care, but in all generations mostly young people think or have fun different than older people, i am different behaving than my dad who died almost 3 years ago, also no need to compare film with everything old/antique, something are still available and in service and some aren't, in my country i can't get film larger than 35mm and i must order it always online which is also a pain in....., in my case or situations, doing only film will not take me anywhere far, i do it for joy but i will not keep using film only and give up digital.
You're not missing anything without a TV. What absolute drivel. I keep mine to watch The Fugitive, The Naked City, and Peter Gunn--shows that came on past my bedtime when they were new, hence I had never seen before. Outside of that, network TV is hopeless. Wreaks of partisan slant and depicts a culture that has reached the bottom. You're best without one. You're better off doing your photography.
BTW--here is a link to a station that runs old time radio programs all day. I just now poured a fresh set of darkroom trays, and am getting ready to do darkroom while listening to Amos and Andy. And Kingfish.
Last edited by Tom1956; 09-27-2013 at 07:24 PM. Click to view previous post history.
Yikers...that goes a little too far for me. I know you go on to mention "network" TV, so maybe this isn't applicable, but Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Wire, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, etc. - all classics in my book. If anything, I think we are in the golden age of television. Hollywood is so risk-averse and knows that "Fast and Furious 17" will make money so they are never going to change their formula. TV, on the other hand, can cost less, is less of a commitment, and with literally 1000's of channels, has more competition. I think the better television channels are reaching out to do the things that Hollywood won't risk and that network TV simply can't (which is why, given your comment about "network tv", we might just be in violent agreement here).
Originally Posted by Tom1956
Plus, DVR is maybe the single greatest development in TV. Instead of simply sitting around and flipping from channel to channel looking for something to watch while my show comes on, I simply record it and watch it when I want. My wife and I watch WAY less TV than we ever have because we only watch the things we want without having to wade through the drek.
Seriously, you can sleep these days without wondering what happens to Walt and Jesse in the final episode? I am bouncing off the walls and will be until 6pm PT on Sunday...
"Once the amateur's naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur." - Alfred Eisenstadt
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I'm on the edge of my seat waiting on the last episode of The Fugitive, which should be coming up one of these next Sunday nights soon. I want to see if Dr. Kimble finally catches the one-armed man, so he can finally stop running.