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Developing From a Negative

Photo: Taelar Pollmann ⋅ The Sentry

Vintage Times

I tend to hold outdated opinions about entertainment and media.  The most prevalent of these opinions is the fact that music sounds best when played from a vinyl record through a gramophone, that photographs should be captured with either a dry collodion emulsion on glass or film, and that Hollywood should have never transitioned from silent films into talkies let alone from film to digital. 

Luckily for me the popularity of vinyl records has resurged in the last few years and many modern recording artists are releasing their albums in that format.  The renewed interest in film photography has not only revived the black and white film industry, but new companies have appeared with what can only be called experimental film types. 

There has been a trend in Hollywood lately that is relying on the practice of characters speaking less throughout the film.  The best example of this is the blockbuster, Joker.  Much of this movie is spent watching the titular character become unhinged from a voyeuristic standpoint.  We are not given access to his thoughts or an open narrative to the story.  Everything that happens within the story is known by the main character and the audience.   

When information is not handed over freely by the script writers it forces me to pay more attention and as a result, I am able to connect on a deeper level with the characters on the screen. 

Maybe I feel this way because of my aphantasia.  Maybe it is because all these things involve extra steps to achieve the final product.  I prefer tactical tasks.  Developing photographs through programs like Capture One is not comparable to watching a print develop in a darkroom.  Watching a needle move through the grooves of a vinyl record and produce music will trip me out for the rest of my life.  These outdated methods that were tossed aside for digital technology offer an experience and should be cherished more by the younger generations.

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