I continue to be amazed and delighted by the organic qualities of life poking up like weeds in our digital landscape. As case in point, I offer an article I came across on CNET.
It seems the current crop of teenagers are rebelling in a way that should really annoy the heck out of their DSLR-toting parents. They’ve gone digging in their collective attics and found the old family film cameras. Point, shoot, gasp!
For those of you who don’t remember how film cameras worked, I did some digging on Wikipedia-
I’m always a little dubious about Wikipedia citations. But I digress. The point is, we now have teenagers roaming the streets with light meters and film cameras! They’re openly embracing the random anomalies that come with the imperfect process of recording an image on film. It strikes me that this development is not terribly different from the reemergence of the turntable as a little bit of retro-rebellion mixed in with a good honest appreciation for what works. Both devices have their own unique qualities that remind us there might still be a place for analog in our lives.
By the way, for those of you who doubt my Wikipedia page and think this is a mock-doc, perhaps it’s also time for the revival of the typewriter, harkening back to a time when this kind of spoofery was a whole lot harder!