24.2.10

Photography the Old Way

Recently I discovered a box with slides and negatives. 'Real' pictures from a pre-digital age. I have to admit it took me a long time to move on to digital, and although I love all the possibilities of modern photography (and photoshop!) seeing these old pictures makes me feel slightly melancholic. (I used to have an ancient 6x6cm camera, with a little window on the top. Heavy as a rock, but so much fun.)

Have any of you seen Scarlett Johansson learning 'real photography' with a mechanic camera, developing her photos in a dark room in Woody Allen's 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona'. I don't know... I love the simplicity of digital photography and really don't miss all the toxins from the dark room. So I'm happy with the new ways. But what about you? Do you find non-digital photography more artistic, more worthy than digital? Might any of you maybe even take pictures 'the old way'?

Just for the fun of it, here a 6x6cm self-portrait from pre-digital times. I promise I won't bother you with more!

35 comments:

The Style Revolution said...

I love everything old school... Nostalgic!

fanfareforlibrarians said...

i love old film, i think it's the only true photography (for those who study it as a discipline at any rate). there are too many ways for 'photographers' nowadays to digitally remove their mistakes and to me, this isn't quite right. however, the convenience of digital photography is dreamy! nonetheless, the best photos i have and have had taken are on film, and i don't think that's a coincidence.

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SabinePsynopsis said...

Really good point fanfare - I'm certainly guilty of heavy photoshop retouching. That's probably why I love it & plus it's so much fun.

The Little Fashion Treasury said...

And here I am again..
woow, you already did a new post!
Sabine, did I ever tell you that you take simply awesome photos! You look always so different and the background, colors and shades, themes... AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!! LOVE IT!!!

Liebe Grüße!!!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Thank you, honey. The reason that my looks are so versatile is that I'm using different models. But it's the 'real me' from time to time (e.g. on the 21st, Ms Velvet).

Jen said...

The only thing I miss from the pre-digital age is the anticipation of getting a film developed. Now I can plug my camera in and see everything instantly - but back then you had to wait, you'd never know how the pictures would turn out, and that was so much fun!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Really? For me it also quite often was dreadful. All the anticipation and then the disappointment...

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I agree, digital photography is such a blessing these days. It's so easy to use and the photos come out so colorful and clear. BUT, I do feel nostalgic for the old-school ways. There's something so romantic and artistic about the old process...plus, the photos come out even more interesting and personal in that way too...

But yeah, I could never do it. Digital for me! Lol.

That photo is gorgeous, by the way. Adore it! xoxo

ilovecoolthings said...

i don't know... i definetely had my times in the dark room... but the thing with digital is that it allows for so much more errors to be fixed?! i'm still glad i lived through both though... and who knows what else they will invent right?
BTW nice pipes!

Vint junky said...

Beautiful photo!
I do think they are both artistic and worthy but pre-digital cameras capture a feeling that digital does not. I have an old Diana cam and a nikon SLR and the Diana pictures have an atmosphere that digital cameras cannot capture

Miiicha said...

Oh cool pic=)

|| M

Zenobie said...

Beautiful photo Sabine, that colour is stunning on you.

There is something wonderfully tactile about looking through old photo albums but with digital photography I rarely get hard copies made. But this is just laziness on my part.

Overall digital photography is brilliant. Without it so many things wouldn’t be the same. Blogging for example, imagine having to develop and scan all the photos before a post…

I am getting a DSLR as a late birthday present so I am hhaaappppppyyy!

SabinePsynopsis said...

That's so cool, Zenobie! Really looking forward to your pictures. I'm off to bed now. Good night.

anacecilia said...

wow, i love the post below all black and white but in color, and i love this picture what an amazing shot.

Bathwater said...

Well I do remember playing with different color filters and not being sure exactly what you were going to get. Photoshop seems to take some of the "Professional" out of professional photographer.

That being said I do love what can be done with photoshop even be an amateur.

ColorHater said...

Hi, nice blog :) Thx for the comment!

must say that my mom is stil on old-school camera.
she strongly refuses to move on to digital, but it's geting harder and harder for her to find a stores for the negatives (is that a right word? :P )

fashion-colorhater.blogspot.com

lenka James said...

Honestly though I love playing with photoshop and those stuff..I really miss black and white photo like my granpa learn it to me, the photo has this imperfection that I love.. Photography should be imperfect like the worl, I found that mistakes are what makes a picture interesting..Perfection sometimes can be really boring..

valncami said...

beautiful photo! I LOVE film cameras still but don't use them enough anymore it has become too easy to shoot upload to the computer.
XX

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Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous photo, darling!
I adore slides and other non-digital pics!

xoxox,
CC

heart charlie said...

Please give us more!!! Seriously, this image is beautiful! I only have digital photo capabilities, but I adore "real" photography, the look of film so perfect, no digital camera can ever capture the same feeling ;)

Terence Sambo said...

D good thing bout photography is dat whether its old or new its still able to tell a story :o]

Robyn said...

Old film is amazing~ a friend of mine bought an old box camera, but he's having a hard time finding any film for it.
Anyways! That image is wonderful, and the colours are blended so calmly. I love it!

and thank you for the wonderful comment too~

-Robyn

SabinePsynopsis said...

Ohh, your positive comments about 'real' film and photography the old way makes it very tempting to share some more. Perhaps some b/w shots.
Colorhater - It's true, there is a lot to play with, too. Pushing up the ISO (and get lots of grain), putting 2 slides on top of each other (to get a blurry effect) etc.

Pratishtha Durga said...

I do understand the charm and the allure of "old world" photography, but love the digital age.

I'd rather chronicle my world in the best possible light, best possible colors, and heck... best possible photoshop touch-ups.

Laetitia´s Comptoir said...

Cool pic!

Haute World said...

There is something very magical about non-digital photography. The mere fact you can't immediately see the results can sometimes leave you with unexpected candid shots you wouldn't otherwise achieve (or you'd delete) with digital cameras. Our art teacher in school made us develop photos the old way in a dark room and there is something magnificent about seeing an image appear.

The digial age is great and I love my modern cameras, but the ease of perfection (incl. retouching) does sometimes kill the vibe of what you intended to capture originally...

P.S. Congrats on your awards and don't worry about passing me one ;-)

Fashion Tidbits said...

film-photography still holds that little extra for me :)

KIRAFASHION said...

Sabine!!!

I don't know if will bring them, my shoes, to LOndon...I might will, however it is raining so much these days, right?

Castor Pollux said...

wow, nice blog u've got here :)

care to exchange link?
let me know ;)

castorpollux

Nicole Jarecz said...

this photo is great, its nice to see something not digital for once!

Faux Naif said...

this is beautiful.

digital is easy, but nothing beats film for beauty.

atelier said...

I'd prefer old school.. modern is quite impersonal

sofiasophie said...

this yellow colour is fabulous...

Johanna Urban said...

This photo is amazing!!
xx

johanna, sweden
art

Johanna Urban said...

This photo is amazing!!
xx

johanna, sweden
art