She did a very fine job actually, convincing a very mixed and somewhat hostile crowd we should all get on the waiting list for the new $1000 plastic camera made in Thailand.
My question for everyone out there is this- Is anyone else out there disturbed by the fact that "technology" has replaced, and surpassed "craftsmanship" for getting the job done. As a "craftsman" myself, I even feel threatend by this trend, and more than a little depressed.
I'm not kidding about technology surpassing craftsmanship- this marvel of mass manufactured polycarbonate and silicon is a "better camera" in terms of delivering qaulity images easy and quick and efficient than say, the F2AS- what many consider the pinnicale of mechanical engineering in japanese SLR's. Now this is only one minor example, look at the real cost and quality of bicycles, cars as another.
It is beginning to feel as if nothing has any real value, (except maybe a house or property) any more.
So I thank my lucky stars photography is only a hobby and I'm not required to have the newest and best equipment to be competetive. That I'm able to pick up the mechanical wonders of yesterday for really cheap (the above mentioned f2 a noteable exeption), along with fabricating some equipment myself and truly enjoy using them in the making of black and white photographs with film, and washing the fiber based paper for two whole hours.
And does this make me as bad as people who worship crummy old cars?
At 32 am I too young to be getting nostalgic over old cameras, or finding myself bringing home old tools from yard sales to add to the collection (junk-pile) in the basement for the same reasons...
So, am I crazy? Anyone else affected by the replacement of craftsmanship (Man meaning male and female) with technology- can the two co-exist, (outside of the ultra-luxury markets).
Brain-power is used in the development of technology- but can it ever really replace the satisfaction of making something with your own hands? and if we can just buy and consume rather than have to create what we need or work for it doesn't it reduce the meaning in life a little
Hello out there