Old News




Today, filters and effects are just a click away and change your dull everyday pictures into something old, or new, or nostalgic, or creative. Chances are that you therefore assume that these pictures are examples of what Photoshop and apps can do for you. Wrong! This is Victor Shadow’s final resistance against progression. Indeed, this grid of eyes comes from an instruction book that dates from 1976 when, apart from being laborious and exciting, work in the darkroom was also still a little risky. Hours of work could very well result in nothing more than a useless piece of paper. Hence the instructions that were helpful but could never guarantee that the final images would look the same as those in the manual. Therein lies the main difference with computerised filters that always get the job done. Computerised imagery cannot be termed experimental because for that to be the case there always has to be the potential element of failure.