I’ve been looking for inspiration for the first post of 2009. I was going to talk about new year’s resolutions, and make a joke about dpi and the word “resolution,” but I realize that it’s not very funny. At the of the day, no matter how hard I may try, I’m still a film guy at heart. This is a dangerous thing to wear on your sleeve if you own a photo lab in 2009. We’ll call it not against the grain, but with the grain, if you will. Photoworks will always be a full service lab which means everything digital, but what we do best is print film. It may or may not be bad business, but we’ll go on trying to keep this art form alive and well.
Going forward, I’ll be calling digital photography “electronic capture” because that is what it is to me, a moment frozen in time, except that the time is undefined. Whereas a film image, or positive derived from a negative is more than a moment, it’s process and evolution, imperfect yet flawless…… So now that I’ve filled my pretentiousness quota for the whole year, let me just say Happy New Year. I hope you all take a ton of photos this year, I hope you make prints because a computer is not a photo album. And I hope we can debate the merits of both types of photography. I’m around and ready to share my thoughts.