Overexposed, underexposed, double developed, hazy, headless, finger over the lens.. Remember the good old days of photography? Has the art of photo development been lost somewhere between the rise of the digital photograph in 1975 and the instigation of social networking sites such as Facebook in 2004? Over the past few decades, technology has undoubtedly become a central focus of modern day life, but in this hectic time driven by the internet beast, we have to consider whether the sanctity of a photograph is a thing of the past.
Photography is indisputably an art form, and the science which accompanies photographic film development is somewhat remarkable. The practice of producing durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material, commonly photographic film. A film camera works in a similar fashion to the human eye, physical objects emit light which is focused by a lens into a real image on the light sensitive surface within the mechanism of a camera, in the eye this would be the retina. Subsequently the image is converted chemically into a visible image during the development process.
Old photographs flood us with nostalgia, perhaps not from the image itself but from fond memories evoked from a somewhat simpler time. Digital cameras have gone viral, the ease and sophistication of digital photography has rapidly taken over the world replacing the film photography era which has sadly become a dying art.