Wednesday, October 26, 2005

New York

This is a belated, and probably short, entry for our trip last week to New York for Photo Expo. The J-O-B is definitely getting in the way. (But just in case someone from work is reading this, I’m writing it on the plane coming back from San Jose. So get off my back.)

We did make it into New York for the Expo this year but it was a very shortened version of previous years. Jordan’s league meet at Mt. SAC took place on the following Saturday and we missed it last year. We just didn’t want to miss it again this year. So we flew out on Wednesday, attended the show on Thursday and left Friday morning. It was a whirlwind trip but I did get to the show and got some well-deserved geek time.

The display section for the images of the year was so small as to be unwelcoming. I think it was the one place that solidified the feelings I’ve been having lately about technology versus image making. The exhibit seemed to be treated as an afterthought this year. The images were small. This display space was tiny compared to earlier years and the presentation wasn’t compelling in the least. This year the show made me realize its time to get over the technology and get back to making images mode.

I have to admit that I am guilty of this technology craze. But this year, and it’s something I’ve been wrestling with for a number of months now, the technology didn’t seem all that groundbreaking. The same group of photographers that have been hawking gear for the last five years were there with no real new images. The Epson booth had the same old images and the same old image-makers. It was the same with the Canon booth. It makes me wonder when these guys actually work in the photography profession. It seems that they are at all of the shows, producing large advertisements for the manufacturers reminding us of how wonderfully talented they are, but not producing any new work. They have become celebrities in the digital imaging market segment. It was sad, annoying, and just downright tiresome.

Apple announced a new program and the lines at this booth were long. It was the single largest booth there and it was centered on their new program called Aperture. I’m not putting a link here because I refuse to become an advertising arm. Even if there is probably only one person that even reads this blog. I did get really excited about the program. But then I thought about the cost. Another $500 just to look at my images. While I do love the digital images I produce and its immediacy, what I don’t love it the constant amount of dollars that I shell out just to keep up. It was nice that Apple at least used some other photographers to hawk the software and not the usual self-proclaimed experts.

Back to image making. There was some new paper from Innova that looks really nice. I got a sample pack and I need to print out some test images to see how they look. There were some innovative book publishers that would allow a photographer to self publish and put out work that was good for self-promotion. Other than that there was little to talk about with regards to pure image making.

As usual the food was good, the energy great, and the weather was nice although Diane thought it could have been colder. We got to see Ken for dinner at Virgil’s BBQ and he was joined by another friend of mine, Roger. Diane got to see us bash on each other but mostly bashing Ken as we are wont to do when the three of us are together. I think she found it mildly entertaining.