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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Old School

Here is a photographer that takes it back to the 1800's in order to make lasting lifelong images for families.  Back in the days of using 8X10 and 11X14 view cameras not just anybody was jumping on the bandwagon to make a few bucks shooting portraits.  In the days of yore you had to put in some serious effort to generate just one image.  Many photos were done on glass plates with one type being the ambrotype.  I found this video fascinating and Harry Taylor, the photographer, shows us step by step the process that was done in order to generate the final positive image.  Far different today as we blast away at 8 frames a second with our 15 megapixel digital SLR's filling up memory cards faster that a hot dog eating champion can down the last dog.  So many photos today will be taken, stored then never seen again which makes me wonder if our investment in the image is directly related to the value it has.  When you had to go through an extensive process of making your own plates, probably glass, and getting them safely to a shoot and back, I can only imagine that each and every image is invaluable and truly a labor of love, sweat and tears.  You definitely won't be cranking out image after image just in the hopes one comes out tack sharp or at least the eyes are in focus you would make sure the eyes are in focus. Enjoy and stay sexy.

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