I have to admit as a photographer that has worked with every alternative film process and one that loves the darkroom including the stinky chemicals, I have had a serious problem with the Hipstamatic app and its counterparts. First of all, the files historically have been wretched. When you print them out they are blurry, pixelated and cruddy, they are really just meant for online viewing only. Secondly, it use to take a lot of knowledge to get this effect. The photographer needed to know the camera, lens, film and process combination to get this awesome final product. Thirdly, every Tom, Dick and Hairy is blindly running around with apps taking a thousand photos thinking they are or will be the next Minor White.
Well, I am here to tell, who cares!! It is freaking fun and no wonder half the world is ready to head to the MET for a solo art exhibition. This stuff is addictive. The more you do the better you get. So shoot away friends. The image quality is getting better and the effects are incredible. I miss the days in the darkroom and running to the lab for another experimental cross processing but this is instant gratification in your phone.
When Claire and KR were together this weekend we discussed the next step for Making it Daily. We all agreed we wanted to continue this blog in some fashion next year but we have not decided the exact form. I know that I am in, just for the sheer fact I love staying in touch with them. It has become such an integral part of my life, I am not ready to give it up. I think next year I would like to do a 365 photo blog that is connected with Making it Daily. I just think it would be great for me to focus on that medium. It maybe days like today where I just feel like doing something experimental and less technical to fill my daily quota. It is a good balance. I will continue with my other arts but it is time to focus on my area of expertise for a while. Oddly, I don’t shoot everyday now, as I feel like I am cheating. It comes really easily to me, second nature, almost like breathing. I am realizing now, that this is what it is supposed to feel like after a life time of study and dedication. It does not always need to be a struggle. I am hoping that this will be a theme for 2014. Wouldn’t that be fabulous after the mess of 2013! Here’s hoping!