Embrace nostalgia and share your analog passions online.
It’s not news that we live in a transitional period. We have talked about, written about, and explored the transition from analog to digital. It’s affected how we talk, how we connect, how we document our memories, even how we eat. Handwritten letters versus Facebook Messenger. Photo albums versus Instagram accounts. Farmer’s markets versus FreshDirect.
In a recent Discover piece, we highlighted a handful of photographers who continue to make their art using film, eschewing the digital photography route. Their work harkens back to a time when we didn’t have the option of immediate satisfaction. When a camera was used to capture a moment in time, one that we would only revisit weeks or months later when the film was developed.
The writer of Analog Anecdotes describes the “Lazy period,” that time between when a photograph was taken and when it’s actually viewed:
It is a time when the camera stays weeks on the shelf before I take it out for a walk to shoot one picture (or none). The obvious disadvantage is that it seems to be taking forever to get my hands on the developed pictures. But the pro is that eventually I have an absolutely unique set of images, unrelated in subject, location, and — usually — inspirational source.
Analog nostalgia isn’t just for photography buffs. Personally, I’m still a huge fan of letter writing, whether that’s multi-paragraph essays in email form or handwritten notes sent on stationary. For audiophiles, there’s even an online subscription for vinyl records.
While analog is often pitted as at war with technological advances, there’s also a symbiotic relationship between the two. Of all the analog photographers listed in our Discover piece, their work is shared, in part, digitally and online. Others, like Andrea Lambe, explore both mediums. For those who appreciate old-fashioned, tangible skills, technological advances help to both share those skills and aid in their preservation.
For this week’s challenge, share your analog passions with the world. In many cases, we’re given a choice: either go the analog route or upgrade to the digital version. What are your analog obsessions? Are you a book lover who prefers the crisp feel of freshly printed pages over the much more slender convenience of an eReader? Or an audiophile who enjoys the physical experience of placing the needle down on a record instead of pressing play on a Spotify playlist?
Leverage the internet. Tell us about that old-fashioned thing you love and share it with the world online so that it may be preserved digitally, indefinitely.