The Lost Connection
Prior to the digital darkroom revolution, photography was more of an art form. Photographers worked with chemicals and papers, and had specialized rooms, dark rooms, which allowed them to control light. They knew exactly which combinations of light, chemicals, and development time achieved a specific goal. They were closer to their art form, exposing their creations by hand in a specialized, tactile way that involved their skill of touch. Yet, as digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLR) and digital editing software advanced, these skills were essentially forgotten since they were not required in this new digital world. As a result, the photographer and artist, though able to achieve things in a faster and even more experimental, technical way, began to lose the intimacy that creative works so often demand. This so called, “lost connection” between the creator and creation was largely unrecognized in the early days of the digital revolution, as the industry began winning the consumer and professional over with more innovation.