Gibson’s Opinions

“Digital is a great way of transferring information, but digital imaging systems are not photography, because photography has to do with the alchemy of light on film. Photography creates new information that wasn’t there before, whereas digital transfers information that is in front of you. Like the telephone can transfer my words to your ear.

“With telephones and digital cameras, there are probably more images made in one day than in the whole history of “analog” photography. But name one masterpiece of digital photography—do you know one offhand? It is actually not the same medium. It is like the difference between cinema and video… they are different, and coexist.”

Make Your Own Film!

I learned today that Fuji is discontinuing some of its products, including two of my favorite color films: T64, which provided the AP photographers with excellent slides for many years, and their ISO 800 negative roll film. This guy’s contraption is one solution to any shortage of film stock, I guess, but he aims to replicate Kodachrome, of all things! Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

W. o’ W.: Arno Minkkinen

“Harry Callahan, my teacher at RISD, always used to tell us that once you make the first good ones, you rarely make them any better. Another way to examine that is this: if you’re always showing people only your latest work, have you fully matured as an artist? When your latest work is as good as your earlier work, growth is no longer an issue, and expansion takes over. We have this insatiable need to improve, to be better, to be the best. Just doing things well may be a more reasonable course, especially in photography.”


Monday, March 15: an expanded critique during 7th & 8th in the Black Box Theatre

Thursday, April 8: the 4th quarter Photography field trip (rain date 4/13)

Friday, April 9: “5 Actual Works” critique, also in the Black Box

Thursday, April 15: a field trip to galleries with next year’s class members

Monday, April 19: the AP Concentration show in the gallery and front hall showcases

W. o’ W.: Norman Mailer

“Over the years, I’ve found one rule. It is the only one I give on those occasions when I talk about writing. A simple rule. If you tell yourself you are going to be at your desk tomorrow, you are by that declaration asking your unconscious to prepare the material. You are, in effect, contracting to pick up such valuables at a given time. Count on me, you are saying to a few forces below: I will be there to write.”

Retro Schlock

Excerpts from “You Are Not A Gadget,” by Jaron Lanier:

 “Here is a claim I wish I weren’t making, and that I would prefer to be wrong about: popular music created in the industrialized world in the decade from the late 1990s to the late 2000s doesn’t have a distinct style—that is, one that would provide an identity for the young people who grew up with it. The process of the reinvention of life through music appears to have stopped… Where is the new music? Everything is retro, retro, retro.

 “We’re not just talking about surface features of the music, but the very idea of what music was all about, how it fit into life. Does it convey classiness and confidence, like Frank Sinatra, or help you drop out, like stoner rock? Is it for a dance floor or a dorm room?

(not the Beatles)

(not Abba)

“There are creative, original musicians at work today, of course. (I hope that on my best days I am one of them.) There are undoubtedly musical marvels hidden around the world. But this is the first time since electrification that mainstream youth culture in the industrialized world has cloaked itself primarily in nostalgic styles.

“Some of my colleagues in the digital revolution argue that we should be more patient; certainly with enough time, culture will reinvent itself. But how patient should we be? I find that I am not willing to ignore a dark age.”

Another STD Successfully Dispatched

Taylor & Katie (& Katie) rose above the parody mode in order to execute a wholly effective Senior Teach Day in the Wonderful World of Photography. They explicated well their portfolios and solicited suggestions; it was exhausting for some, but not for them. The hard part was… the duty. The hall duty.

(Photograph by M. W. Crowley)

Don’t try this at… anywhere.

Free Film!

It’s 120; it’s color; it’s as fresh as circumstances allow. The price is right. Again, the line from “The Untouchables” is propos: What are you prepared to do?

(It’s not that old.)

More Booster Shots

Dig ’em.

I’ll reconnect the names with the pictures when… you help me.

See the musical this weekend; buy some pictures to support the department.