Alan Meyer Contact
- United States
- I'm a middle aged computer programmer with interests in literature, history, philosophy and, of course, photography.
My first serious camera was an old Agfa folding 6x6 that I bought in 1965 for $10 from a fellow college student. To take a photograph I had to open and lock the camera, wind the film until I saw the next number in the red window on the camera back, manually cock the shutter, take the range through the viewfinder with an uncoupled rangefinder, manually set the range by turning the focus ring on the front, aim through the viewfinder again, and then press the shutter release. It was enough work, cost enough for film, and took enough time and money for developing and printing, that I thought long and hard before taking a picture. Now that it's all ones and zeroes I just click away and get 10 lousy shots for every half-way good one. Advanced technology has helped me to be dumb and lazy.
I like artistic photographs but I also feel very attracted to photos that tell the truth about people and society, even if they are not visually pleasing. Photographers like Lewis Hine, Robert Capa, Berenice Abbott, Eugene Atget, and many others seem to me to have contributed a great deal to our knowledge of the world.
Following TrekEarth has shown me how many great photographs have been made by ordinary folk, most of them non-professional. It has raised the bar for me and encourages me to do better work in photography.
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- Canon PowerShot S30