Jim,

I hear ya. I too think it inevitable that the great majority of imagemakers will soon be using digital equipment if they aren't already.

In some ways I welcome that change although I dislike the impact it has on availability of traditional products. We will have fewer and fewer choices.

Yet, acrylics didn't kill oil painting. Likewise, there will still be a dedicated group using traditional silver materials and other exotic photosensitive processes.

As the great unwashed masses embrace digital, I hope the remaining conventional photographers might somehow obtain a cultural respect similar in concept to that awarded by the Japanese government to their "important intangible cultural properties," aka Living National Treasures.

Master craftspersons will continue the tradition and the medium may be better off for it in the extended view.

Joe