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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Slide film is fast becoming alternative photography as lab after lab stop developing it.
    I'd say b&w and colour negatives isn't alternative as almost all labs do them.
    When most labs only 'develop' and print digital then film will be alternative.

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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Reggae is alternative music in Nashville; Country-Western is alternative in Jamaica. All this
    nomenclature is utterly relative. I find this applies to film photography even between one
    local outdoor space and another. When I prop up the 8X10 down by all the jogger and picnic crowd they think I'm some kind of terrorist. When I do it on the hiker trails they
    congratulate me on still doing "real" photography and often even ask to look through the
    groundglass. And if I wanted environmental portraiture, it would be an easier tool for
    getting people to cooperate. Point a Nikon at them and they're suspicious. Totally different
    ballgame. Just depends who, where ...

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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    There's a film of dust accumulating on my digital camera. It seems a shame to clean it off...
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Since buying into MF and LF my digitals have only been used to photography myself using MF or LF... For me digital is the alternative process.
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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sawyer View Post
    There's a film of dust accumulating on my digital camera. It seems a shame to clean it off...
    Let the dust accumulate. Every so often, spray it with lacquer. When it gets a nice thick coating, sell it on epay. Tell them it's special vintage dust.
    One man's Mede is another man's Persian.

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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Tell them it's special vintage dust.
    I prefer to think of it as a "patina"...
    "I love my Verito lens, but I always have to sharpen everything in Photoshop..."

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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Decker View Post
    Is film photography "alternative" now?
    Well, if that Rubicon hasn't been already crossed, I'm at least feeling a bit damp.

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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Gittings View Post
    Personally, I think being an alternative to the commonplace, the mainstream, the comfortable, the Q&D, or the usual methodology is a really good thing. IMHO film has been "alternative photography" for a few years now.
    At first, I did not want to own the term "alternative photography", because hearing it applied to what I do was a shock and surprise. For the past couple years, I have just explored and done my thing. Hearing the term alternative photography applied to my work made me look up from what I am doing and look around. I found myself far from the mainstream and I got there without knowing that I had left the mainstream. Does it matter? No, but the realization was a shock.
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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    now that is a beautiful woman and photo in one. bravo Jay Decker!

    i bet you he did not know his comments would eat into the lives of so many artists.

    i would like to see another please.

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    Re: Is film photography "alternative photography" yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Decker View Post

    In this case, I do not think the Petzval lens aesthetic motivated his "alternative photography" comment. I am not "swirly" Petzval portrait photographer. The image below is one of the images he was commenting on and is representative of the photographs he was looking at. I should also add that there were a few portraits taken with RR, Heliar, and a Kodak Portrait (meniscus) lenses.



    Billy

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    That is a lovely portrait.
    And, I'd like to thank you for using that lens as it was intended - without the nauseating abberations.
    One man's Mede is another man's Persian.

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