The Medium is the Message at Picture Show

By Eric Olson

February 25, 2011 Updated Feb 25, 2011 at 11:51 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewCenter)-These are the best of the best…magnificent vistas of our magnificent country photographed by the magnificent Ansell Adams. Taking the picture was just half the work for Adams. The other half was done in his dark room where he’d coax the best print from his negative by tweaking chemicals and light exposure. the results were timeless, but time is running out for the technology that produced images like this.

Deb: The fine art photography of a silver gelatin print will be a true rare art form.

Photography’s evolving technology is on display at Artlink’s ‘Fort Wayne Photographers’ Exhibit’…three rooms full of work by this area’s finest picture takers. People and nature are the photographer’s favorite subjects, just as with painters and sculptors. No people in this shot by Jerry McCoy but the real subject is the person who’s not sitting in that chair. Steve Ford shot this image of a Rocky Mountain stream on 35 millimeter film but Ford is in the minority here. Most of these images were snapped with digital cameras. Ann Freehill used Photoshop to tweak this spectacular digital image of the Lakeside Park rose garden. Tim Brumbelo combines multiple digital images to create his own dreamlike worlds. Results like these are spelling doom for traditional photography.

Deb: Some of the chemicals are toxic and you don’t want them washing down into the sewer system and stuff….some of the manufacturers aren’t making the film anymore some of them aren’t making the paper anymore.

If the medium is the message at this show it’s only part of the message. The digital work here is lovely, and though traditionalists claim digital images can’t compete with film the time is no doubt coming when it will…and bits and bytes will record the portraits of our world, its wonders to behold. Eric Olson reporting out in your country.

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