Musings on photography from London N19.
Portrait photographer writes about nostalgia and Instagram
So here we are on a Blog, wondering what the future of photography offers a freelance photographer trying to earn a living while keeping an invisible spider on side. This will potentially send me traffic , which I can then convert into actual customers.
The language of the digital age seems to be filled with a brutal poetry. I now longer engage in work, but have a digital workflow managing my assets in an online world. The screen is king and the mobile its domain. Instagram is the favoured knight at the moment .
No longer do I carry around a stack of prints and go- see potential clients. I post to the web and get into chats with people all over the world. One irony of Instagram is that the square format and the range of retro filters, strongly bring to mind to the Rollieflex medium format film cameras of yesteryear. Many of the filters are actually named after Film brands made extinct by digital. Another retro aspect is the layout - rows of three photos - calling to mind contact sheets , remember them?
I do like the casualness of it though. Joshuadasnapper the alter ego I use. Using the same platform as stacks of Selfies, babysnaps, wonderful images and total trash, is kind of liberating and a bit like being in a constant lottery.
By shooting “studio” portraits using professional lighting in your home, or workplace , Josh Pulman Photography gives you an opportunity to have a foot in both the vintage and the digital worlds. I know exactly how stuff was shot in the age of film and exactly what you need to look good in the age of digital.