Friday, October 17, 2008

Art and Advertising

Art can meet personal objectives. Advertising has to meet business objectives. Can't we all just get along?

This months issue of Creativity recognizes and celebrates the artistic side of the industry. I posted this to remind myself that "art and commerce need each other" for a healthy future and one can inspire the other.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Low-Fi Point of View

With 62% of adults owning a digital camera, personal photography has become very homogeneous and in my opinion much less a process of discovery. Not only has the general consumer gone digital, almost every professional photographer has made the leap to digital just to stay in business. With the death of the still image on the horizon Kodak announced that they will be eliminating the production of Kodachrome film. For decades, Kodachrome was the standard choice for professional color photography and avant-garde filmmaking. (It's the only film to have a state park named after it - photogenic Kodachrome Basin State Park in the red-rock canyons of southern Utah). The elimination of Kodachrome is just one of many signs that the new era of image making is officially here.

I understand this change is a natural cycle of technology and business but I'm truly sad to see so many quirky photographic processes and experiments fade from the creative process. If there is a bright spot in all of this there has been a revival of low-fi cameras and experimentation. Holgas, Dianas, Lubitels and just about anything else that puts light on film have been dusted off to capture the distinctive quality of pictures that only they can create.

I'm a big fan of cross processing and enjoyed the surprise of opening the pack of prints because of the vivid colors. The images at the top of this entry I took a couple of winters ago in Chicago and Santo Domingo.

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

361 Days and Counting

Chicago has been chosen as one of four cities in the world competing to become the host of the 2016 Olympics. The Chicago 2016 organization is reaching out to the people of Chicago to help tell the story of Chicago in its bid to host for games.

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