i was going to do one more post about the kumbh mela, but that probably isn’t going to happen, since i’ve shared all the really good photos already. instead, i’m going to demonstrate a really obvious point about photography. in january, abby and i went to thailand, and while she brought along the digital olympus om-d, i brought along the leica m6 and some rolls of ilford delta 400, to do some street photography, because i’m stubborn that way.
my attempts at being garry winogrand and elliott erwitt weren’t particularly successful, so i also took the camera along on our tour day of bangkok, where we visited the royal palace, even though i figured it would be an exercise in futility. and in some respects, it was. compare abby’s photos of decorative statues with mine:
|the dimensions are different because the olympus om-d has a micro 4/3s sensor, vs. the 3:2 ratio of a 35mm film negative.|
black and white film is perhaps well suited for overcast days (like it was when we were at the palace); nonetheless, it fascinates me to think about the difference between the information that people could share from their travels in the days before digital cameras, or even color film, and what they can share now.