> carte blanche > ancient contax buddies
rapidité à laquelle la technologie
photographique évolue donne ici lieu...
à un simple questionnement.
have been known to have a fondness for
dark, obscure tirages printed
on fiber based paper. Even for out of
focus, messy shots. Frankly, Id
rather gaze at an experimentation by
Moholy-Nagy than admire a Chanel ad
any day of the week. In
other words, I am not a technical kind
of a guy. I rarely talk about these
earthly, perfunctory things, but today
I do feel like talking about the
shop what it is individuals
are using to photograph. Yes, equipment
day is here in JJRDs bunker.
George Eastman House.
used to shoot mainly with an old Contax
body and but a few lenses. Well, times
have changed, I guess. I now mostly
use digital equipment of much inferior
quality. Why? The thrill of speed, the
inveiglement of immediacy. Its
honestly irresistible. Just as 35mm
was when it first hit the scene. Proof?
even Contax is coming up
with a paralyzing new digital body
to me, that sums it up pretty well.
Surprising? Not really. Leica, youre
on The Price is Right!
of price, at what cost is the world
turning into zeros and ones? What are
we loosing in this, a sweeping swap
to numerical wildness? Archives could
be the answer. Can anyone honestly assert
with any degree of certainty that most
digital imagery shot today will still
be around 100 years for now? Well, as
of today, perhaps only Pedro
Meyer an artist that I respect
very much could reach that level
world is a ravishing place. The more we look,
the more we want to look. The more we shoot,
the more we want to shoot. A dear, dear friend
of mine, passed away in early 2001. René
Lachapelle was an adulterer of light. As far
as photography is concerned, he could turn
most anything into a magnum opus, using any
piece of equipment. Plagued with cancer, he
even scored a few shots using the very last
christmas gift I had the chance of offering
a Lomo Action Sampler!
illustrate this ephemeral text, I felt like
showing not René Lachapelles finest
print, but his last. I
am convinced I had scanned that very print
but I just cant seem to find the file
anywhere. Conceivably, my last computer crash
erased it before I had the time to back it up.
Heck, Ill scan it again
it was. I may very well reconsider the
old Contax... after all, them Zeiss lenses are
jean rolland dubé
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