As a blogger myself, I get to read a lot of blogs. Some are funny, some make you cry, some are very insightful, some are thought provoking, some bring meaning to life….Notice I mentioned funny first, right? Yeah, thought so. Anyway, I stumbled upon one that is so freaking hilariously funny I just cannot contain myself. It’s spleen busting funny. It’s bring tears to your eyes funny. It’s, “oh my God! I can’t believe he just said that!” funny. It’s even funnier than that funny, it’s, “oh, of course, he’s going to say that funny!” You know, you just know, something is really funny when you know what it’s about to say, you read it, and laugh like hell anyway. It’s that kind of funny.
It’s called The Food Here, and it’s a blog written by a guy who owns a convenience store. You must go check it out, if you need a laugh. (Really, really funny that.)
Next up, in the linky love section for today, is a recent post by noted social documentary photographer John Sevigny, who recently posted his views on PMA to his website. You can read more here.
Hightlights (quoted from his post):
“the digital photography juggernaut has come to a screeching halt. Blame it on the “economic crisis” if you like. Whatever the cause, neither Nikon nor Canon, the only two dSLR manufacturers that matter, released a relevant body. There’s nothing to replace, for example, Nikon’s D40x, which is two years old now.”
“Further proof of digital photography’s 8-track-like demise is the fact that many of the film oriented products introduced at PMA are far more interesting than anything digital that bothered to show up to the party. Kaiser has announced a new, optical enlarger for $1,600 US. If film is dead, somebody better tell Kaiser.”
Normally, one might dismiss such claims outright, but it’s important to note here that John Sevigny has some serious photographic credentials. I think the post itself is a bit of an exaggeration (I do not think that digital is dead, about to die, or going away any time soon) but it’s also indicative of the fact that film is far from dead. At the end of the day, it’s really better for photographers and all those involved with the art of image making to have choices. When manufacturers start to make choices for us, when camera makers start to tell us what we “have to” do, it’s never a good thing and it’s always better for all involved to have options. Competition keeps us keen, lets us retain our edge, so having the selection between traditional film and wet-based darkrooms vs. going the digital route will always be better for all of those involved.
At least, that’s my opinion and, if you’re not in agreement, well, look on the bright side. Ram will give you 10% off any Spam-based product if you click on his website and leave him a fresh tin of comment droppings.
Until next time…