“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
– Dorothea Lange
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
– Elliott Erwitt
Before I was a photographer I don’t notice how many other people also had a camera. When I got a camera and became a photographer I realised just how many people have cameras too. Welcome to the “frequency illusion,” or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon, the term for the phenomenon where by once you notice something you start noticing it more frequently. I experienced the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon again after I watched Everybody Street, since then I have discovered a bunch of other street photography documentaries. The below documentaries are the best documentary films that I have discovered about street photography and street photographers. I’d recommend watching them all.
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Memory cards, USB thumb drives, and HDDs are common storage mediums familiar to anyone that has used a computer. Some people, particularly younger generations, have probably never even heard of Zip Drives, Jaz Drives, Floppy Disks (8”, 5.25”, and 3.5”), Mini Disks, SuperDisk (AKA LS-120) or Magnetic Tape. Most people that used those storage mediums have most likely forgotten about them, with the exception of magnetic tape which is still in use today. Does anyone even remember the Magneto-Optical Drive? All of the afore mentioned storage mediums are nothing but casualties of progress relegated to the annls of history.
Most older storage mediums offer only a fraction of the storage space that we enjoy to today. In fact some old storage mediums wouldn’t even be able to hold a single RAW file produced by modern cameras. For example the capacity of the humble 3.5” Floppy Disk was only 1.44MB. You would require 20 3.5” Floppy Disks to store a single 28 MB RAW file.
If you think 20 3.5” Floppy Disks is a bit excessive to store just one single RAW file then stop and ponder how many Punch Cards it would take to store a single RAW file.
“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”
– Alfred Stieglitz