everything old is new again

Its interesting to see that handmade goods and analogue processes are having a resurgence over recent years. Digital technology has changed the way we do many things, from taking photographs to navigating our way around cities. The availability of information means that most people in the developed world can research almost anything and learn entirely new skills with relative ease. It is in many ways leading people to rediscover old passions and take undeveloped skills and concepts and turn them into new projects and even careers which would have previously been very difficult to access.
Analogue photographic processes have reemerged as an area of passion and there is no doubt the old school chemical and optical methods of making images give very different results and can make the process of image making much more considered and rewarding.
Pin hole cameras, instant film processes, light painting, wet plate photography and darkroom techniques are being taken up by students, amateurs and professionals alike as different ways of seeing the world and expressing different views of it. Seeing an image emerge in a developing tray in a darkroom is a completely different process to snapping a selfie on an iphone… there is no question that digital technology makes things much easier, but that doesn’t mean that its better. Just like the ‘slow food’ movement and the reemergence of illustration, analogue photography gives people a slower, more thoughtful and very often unexpected way of making engaging images.
One such group is the analogue lab here in Adelaide-
they teach old school photographic processes, hold workshops and even have a darkroom for hire, they share techniques that pre-date digital and bring new people into the exciting alchemy of analogue processes. (image of vine shot on polaroid type 55, craig arnold).