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15 June 1996

Digital Dust

I was excited after developing film for the first time in years. Each Hasselblad negative had perhaps a hundred times the information in my cheap digital camera. It was like falling in love with the subtle visual pleasures of photography all over again after spending the last few years in more conceptual pursuits.

Of course, being reunited with an old lover also reminds one why things didn't work out in the first place. After scanning in a few negatives, I saw something I hadn't seen on an image in a long time: dust. And moiré patterns where the negative touched the scanner's glass. And a water marks and fingerprints. And a scratch. Arf.

It is a very very a long way from the computer to the darkroom.

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