It was my grandfather’s birthday this past weekend, so I decided to start a photo project. I went through family photos, both digital and printed, in order to find six that would fit the frame. I converted the newer prints to black and white, so they would match the older prints, (which were taken before color film was available.
Here is my favorite photograph that I chose:
Most of the old prints I found were printed on Kodak Velox paper. I am kind of curious about who the photographer was for this picture (likely my grandmother) and I am also curious about the type of camera that was used. Perhaps I will ask my grandfather and see if he remembers.
It is interesting to think about the evolution of photography, and the future of photography. I started out as a darkroom photographer who shot and developed 35mm black and white film. Now, I mostly work digitally, although I still have much of my darkroom equipment and two 35 mm SLR cameras.
It is interesting to think of what might happen when film is completely eliminated. One aspect of photography which might be lost in the transition is film grain. Although digital cameras do have some type of grain/noise at fast shutter speeds, it is entirely possible that in the future cameras will be able to take pictures in this manner without any grain or noise. What would that mean for people who like that kind of texture in their work (I’m thinking of Anton Corbijn)? It could be as simple as adding grain in Photoshop (kind of like the way people convert color photos to black in white instead of actually shooting in b&w). I am wondering how my potential grandchildren or great-granchildren will sort through family pictures. On a computer, or will something else come along?