Thursday, January 12, 2006

Low Fidelity

I am a high fidelity junkie. Not in music, but in photography. I can't get enough sharpness, tones, and texture.
Which is lovely, but it is healthy to once in a while remember that this has little to do with the value or impact of art. Witness: This guy, Michal Daniel, uses an organizer, of all things, to make art photos, mostly street photography. And his pictures are just amazing. He really owns the low quality of the tiny camera he has sitting on his Visor organizer, and uses it to make wonderful pictures.

... Reflecting on it, I don't think the pictures would be less wonderful if they had better sharpness and tones. Possibly even better. I think the value of the Lo-fi system is the freedom you get from it. It is much less serious to use.


Gen said...

A good, even brilliant image isn't produced by a high tech camera, but it is composed either in the mind of the photographer who's looking through the viewfinder, or by accident (thinking of the "one in a million shot"), or both.

A good camera is like a tool, which might improve the image technically or provide some more composing features.

12:15 PM

Wonko outside the asylum said...

Funnily enough gen, I went on a two day course to improve my photography last Autumn, and the professional photographer running it said exactly that! His course concentrates on composition as it's the variable you as the human have the greatest control over. I certainly learnt a lot about seeing through the viewfinder as a camera, and not a human, to make an interesting shot. As if to re-inforce the point after we had been out to take photos and returned to the studio, my shots were at least as good as the people carting £2000 worth of Digital SLR and associated gear around. I currently use a Minolta DiMAGE Z3 compact digital for the record.