Jim Tiemann, whose picture of himself with his then-newborn son Andrew we featured last year, sent me a copy of Andrew's first birthday invitation, saying, "it's hard to believe [that] was a year ago!" Andrew's a toddler now. Time flies.
I had just been thinking of printing a picture of Zander's senior portrait and framing it with a picture of him when he was little—something like the above, although I was thinking of a different "before" picture, one I know I have scanned but can't find on my hard drive.
As I was mocking it up to look at, it occurred to me that the two pictures tell a tale of the Great Digital Transition in photography, too. The picture on the left was taken on 35mm Tri-X, developed and printed in my converted-bathroom darkroom of the time, and the picture on the right, as I talked about the other day, was taken with my first DSLR, which is now on its last legs.
You might not realize it now, but today's digital pictures tend to have a "look," too, one which will be subtly distinctive years from now. Just as the look of the technique of the tintypes and the ambrotypes in the previous post telegraph the era in which they were made.
Most photographs turn out to be about history and the passage of time, eventually.
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