Yep...it really does come down to carrying the torch because burying all of our heads deep in the sand until all of this (APUG) becomes largely irrelevant and a tiny fringe, is not the answer to the much bigger picture (pun intended). The only way an appreciation for the analog print and the process can be brought to the younger masses is indeed by marrying to digital. I also believe that film has a better chance of survival by doing that because once the darkroom becomes a more viable environment from a business standpoint, there will be a larger and more motivated audience for film as well. The status quo is by far a downhill one so why beat around the bushes? All of us here (and there aren't many) will never be able to save film just by buying a few rolls and certainly there isn't enough of anything to keep labs alive, or even remotely motivate a young entrepreneur to start one. So, will APUG simply stay on as the comfy couch for the few romantics who still believe film and paper will be around forever, or be proactive in promoting ways that actually move the art into the 21st century by educating, providing a learning platform, and a new appreciation for the analog print for the the next generation?
Originally Posted by Bob Carnie