I took this with my Big Boy Camera using film which needed to be processed in a machine which spat out a thin but long strip of plastic holding the colour images. It took a whole hour to get the 4×6 prints from the nice people who took long lessons in order to control the massive machine… A. Whole. Hour. Can you imagine?
Technical Stuff: Digital photography has been a truly wondrous development which has enabled people, as a collective, to take more photos in a single year than have ever been taken before in the history of the medium. Thanks to dirt cheap digital online/offline storage and the zero-cost of taking digital images, I have an archival and retrieval system of unlimited size. Which is wonderful. Except the resolution quality of even the best digital photos suck and there’s zero guarantee the technology or format used to create those images will be around in five years, which means at some point I’ll have to convert all of my images into at least one, but probably several new formats over my lifetime.
This photo was taken in The Rivoli on Queen St. in Toronto just before my friends performed on Halloween Night. They had a punk band which actually did very well for a couple of years. I really want to crop the right side so the shirts aren’t showing, but I find the photo looks lopsided without that space. This was taken using a Minolta Maxxum 450si with a 50mm lens and 800ASA film. It was the first time I really shot them using ambient lighting. I really should have done that more often.
…it may just be school talking… but you might be able to get rid of the shirts in photoshop?
Oh I know. I could replace them with monkeys because monkeys are cool. But then there’d be monkeys in every photo I posted. I don’t like photoshopping photos, and I’ll almost never edit them in any way. I like editing photos naturally in the viewfinder.
You need an avatar.
Indeed I do. Unfortunately I have been too busy learning how to photoshop red canoes into blue canoes that I haven’t had time to learn about avatars.
And I would suggest a ferret.
Don’t even get me started on ferrets…
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