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The Decisive Moment, Then And Now

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The consensus is that film photography has gone into extinction with the emergence of affordable digital media. Countless comparisons have been made between the two formats and which duplicates the most realistic portrayal. The key component that makes a captivating image is left out when people compare specifications. Photography is more than just pressing a button and shifting through a memory card to find a winner. It is about creating an image that expresses a vision at a decisive moment in time. Digital and film media each have their place in photography, but neither can replace the creative eye. As the great modern photographer Lisette Model once said, "Photography is the easiest art, ...view middle of the document...

Old world craftsmanship has been replaced by large department warehouses peddling made by cheap labor perishables. Cheap and instant is the theme our present society beats their drums to, the age of the iPhone.
Technology is a double edged sword and there is no stopping the momentum of its overpowering stature. With all the positive attributes of advancements also brings the dark side of technology, a society diluted of creativity. Antonio Almos, an award winning London-based photographer says, "People taking photographs of their food in a restaurant instead of eating it. People taking photographs of the Mona Lisa instead of looking at it. I think the iPhone is taking people away from their experiences" (Jeffries). Flat screen monitors are the modern canvas were artificial programs simulate the brush stroke once done by actual bound hairs soaked in thinned paint. The days of love letters sent by postal mail are gone, replaced by instant messages and lack luster emails. Hash tags and pop culture acronyms' have replaced witty comments thrown about into conversations from person to person over an actual telephone. The romance of building an emotional connection to an innate object is being driven further apart as time passes. Pride in craftsmanship has seemed to only be found in underground hole in the wall operations. No one is to blame but ourselves for becoming so dependent on technology. The digital age was meant to ease stress, but were we actually stressed to begin with. Progression can only be judged by the distance in...

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