Testing this whole thing out

October 18, 2007

So here are some shots from the rapidly upcoming Everything Everywhere installation; I think they turned out pretty well given the uncertainty of the equipment: these were produced with a pretty crappy Holga, so the doubling you see is “in camera” vs. digitally produced.   You never quite know what you’re going to get, especially if you ignore even basic rules about using a Holga (like I do), which goes a long way toward explaining why I like using Holgas.   There’s no way to turn them into a technological fetish; they’re strictly demotic.  Hand it to Jeff Wall (for example) and then hand it to your grandma and the results will come out similarly unpredictably.  I’ve always thought that one of the great things about photography was the accessibility of the equipment and process; the hobbyist’s compulsive handwringing over what lens is sharper than what and how to make a superlarge print of some inane subject (whether it’s the Painted Desert or some cornball cod-Surreal Gregory Crewdson kind of thing) is, for me, completely missing the point.  On the other hand, I have enough disdain stored up to cover youth culture point-and-shoot-because-it’s-all-so-important stuff either.  Attaching overdue importance to technique as content and content as technique just boxes you in needlessly.

Michael #1



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