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Sunday September 11 2005

An interesting plug for digital photography in the wake of Katrina, over at the indispensable Instapundit:

As inexpensive as digital images are and having the ability to archive them on DVD discs everyone should take the time to photograph, in detail, the historic structures where they live. The huge damage Katrina wrought to the Gulf Coast is a hard lesson for the rest of the country.

Make that world.

I would add that it is not just the “historic” stuff that is worth photo-ing.  A point I believe I have made before (and that by the way is why I really hate the collapse of my old blogs) is that if you look at photos of London from fifty years ago, what really interests is the mundane stuff that has gone, rather than the big set-piece tourist traps, which are still with us.  There are other hurricanes involved here, of things like economic development.  Individual ancient buildings may not be historic enough to preserve, but if an entire district gets swept away to make way for skyscrapers, that’s still a piece of history gone.

My bet is that, when it comes to preserving how old New Orleans looked, cheap digital cameras arrived in the nick of time.  Not everything will have been snapped, but I bet you that a lot of it will have been.  Assuming of course that the photos were not then soaked by the flooding themselves.

So anyway, in the spirit of digital conservation, here is a picture of something in London which surely won’t be there for ever.  My hard disk is full of weird things like this.

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Click to get the plug even bigger than it is already.  I don’t know exactly what that is about, but I like it a lot.  Note the scaffolding, which makes my point about other things besides floods threatening existing buildings.

Although, this suddenly looks like an even better idea than it was before Katrina.

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Click if you want your Thames flood barrier even bigger.

The quote above was from an emailer to Instapundit.  This article by Instapundit himself about cheap digital film making is also worth a look.  And see also this reaction to an earlier thing I did here about that.  I think the point is not just that a few enthusiasts are doing this kind of thing, but that by now all of us know people who are doing it, and who to ask about it.  Soon, there will be a flood of home-made (in price) but better-than-home-made (in quality), big enough to hurt Hollywood quite badly, the way old-school photographers are now being hammered by digital cameras that we can all use for ourselves.  Movie making, in other words, is getting to be like word processing in about 1980, desktop publishing in about 1990, the Internet in the later 1990s, and now digital photography since about 2000.  Argue about the dates, but the point is, these things have to be more than technically possible to make the big difference that interests me, the one that costs regular people their jobs in things like photographic film making or Hollywood art directing.  They have to be everywhere.  There has to be cheap kit that you can stick on a PC (rather than just more expensive stuff you can use with a Mac) and ready advice from your next door neighbour or your mates at work.  Or even, if you’re that desperate, in shops.

Amateur movies – never mind the stills that I and my fellow Billion Monkeys take – will be a further great source for architectural historians.  Who cares what made-up sub-Bogartian nonsense is going on in the foreground?  Look at that terrace!  Look at those sixties tower blocks!  Look at that petrol station!  Look at those street lights!  And the cars, dear God, the cars!  And the people!

Complete aside, but your blog doesn’t seem to be sending out Trackback pings. No idea if that’s intentional or not, but I thought I’d let you know.

Posted by Adam Tinworth on 13 September 2005

Adam

Thanks.

I’ll ask my technical department, when next it comes round for supper.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 13 September 2005
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