Digital VS. Analog Post Production (and a fun Landscape photo)

by jameswalk

While we were on our way out of town after a glorious skate session at Loveland Skatepark Anna spotted this beautiful old car reposing in the landscape. She insisted that I jump out and photograph it and I’m super stoked that I did because one of my favorite things about the Southwest is all of the random vintage artifacts that are just lounging around, ruminating and waiting for someone to photograph them.

With a background in traditional wet darkroom photography I am always searching for a way to merge the worlds of digital and analog image making. In the past I was hesitant to apply too much post production “art sauce” to my images until I realized that one of the things I love about film photography is the serendipity of print making, especially with type 55 and 665 Polaroid negatives. Obviously the “craft” of black and white darkroom printing is extremely important, but where you push it to after you’ve mastered the craft is what makes your images unique and special. I recently realized that that was the same in digital post production as well.  It is imperative that you start with a decent image, but where you take that image, whether it is a simple levels correction or a set of custom actions, is what ultimately makes your photographs unique.