Thank you. That's a generous offer. I know how valuable your time is.

Actually, I disagree with that approach for us at this time and place in the history of our craft. I think it is a fundamental mistake to consider our efforts a de facto competition with standards based on the latest modern materials that come from a Kodak factory. That's the exact rabbit hole the discussions here so often travel down.

Today, my hat says 'artist'. I believe good art more often comes from good practices more than from dumb luck, but it is still art. An artist makes the materials his or her own according to personal vision. In other words, the "proof" is in the product (i.e. the art), not a number on a machine. Arbitrary, spurious precision may be seductive, but mostly it's an excuse to procrastinate making good art.

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