Digital and Digital Prints


I finally took the plunge and bought my first digital camera in December 2005, after much deliberation. Much thought was expended on how I would deal with storage and backup and the lack of a tangible object like a negative. Since then I have not made a single conventional print, though there have been many times when I have regretted that and resolved to go back to the darkroom! But I cannot deny that the very convenience of digital has many benefits. My shooting rate has doubled, though I have made very few actual prints; I do find that the inkjet print (I use an HP B9180 currently) is less satifying that a finely crafted silver-gelatin print and much harder to take seriously as a photograph. This is probably bound up with my love of monochrome and my insecurities with regard to 'colour'. I am sure that will ultimately pass.


Of course digital photography was not new to me. I have been teaching Photoshop since version 3 and have use film scanning (surely the most boring activity since the invention of the developing tank for film) from time to time. The earlier works shown here (up to Le Jardin) originated on film, since then I have shot almost exclusively with digital cameras (Olympus E500, Canon G9 and a Sony-Ericsson K770i mobile phone). Some illustrate my essays into montage, while Le Jardin and Mexico Notes found their final forms as self-printed, hand-made books.


Works using Digital Methods: