Sunday, November 19, 2006

Play time

I've been playing with a new program called Lucis Art. I love digital. It allows so much more freedom of expression than film did, at least for me it does. I used to sit in the darkroom for hours manipulating photos. It was magic to see the results appear before my eyes in the developer tray. The orange glow of the safelight along with the smell of the chemistry created an atmosphere that added to that magical feeling. All that is gone with digital, replaced by a new kind of magic. Fixer has been replaced by pixels and stop bath replaced by the undo button. What took me a day in the darkroom to play with one photo, now takes minutes with infinite variations available at my finger tips.

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