Analog vs. Digital — Ariana Gangloff

In his article, Farago describes the advancements in technology that allow for a more widespread practice of photography in a very negative light.  The author explains that because cameras are so readily available, people take many pictures without putting in much creative thought.  I disagree with Farago’s main argument; I believe that the increased availability of cameras gives more people the opportunity to capture their “Kodak moments” and express themselves creatively.

While I do believe that the advancement of technology often destroys and replaces more traditional processes, it seems that when classic processes offer an experience that new processes do not, there can be value in continuing to employ those classic process.  This seems to be the case with analog photography: I believe that analog photography continues to be practiced and taught, despite the invention of digital photography and photo editing software, because it offers a unique method of creating photographs.

Therefore, while I support the widespread practice of photography with devices like camera phones, I also believe that it is important that we continue to recognize the unique characteristics of classic analog photography and to appreciate the value of these characteristics.  Otherwise, this classic process may become obsolete.

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One thought on “Analog vs. Digital — Ariana Gangloff

  1. This is a nice analysis/synopsis of the authors main points, nice work Ariana. I wonder if you could elaborate more on what the classic process offers you in photographing that the digital process does not. I would assume the most significant detail is immediacy. Do you find yourself more careful when shooting on film, and if so how does this effect you shooting style, perception and process when constructing images? Very nice response, and thoroughly agree with the evaluation that the author was over critical in regards to “Kodak moments.”

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