Mañana nunca muere …

CNV00030-7“We are nonchalantly throwing all of our data into what could become an information black hole without realising it. We digitise things because we think we will preserve them, but what we don’t understand is that unless we take other steps, those digital versions may not be any better, and may even be worse, than the artefacts that we digitised…If there are photos you really care about, print them out.” – Vint Cerf, Google

I’ve been saying the same thing to people for the past few years, I refer to it as a ‘Digital Dark Age’, millions, actually more like billions of photographs will be lost forever, forgotten on hard drives and assigned to the rubbish tip, memories gone.
Let’s look at a worst case scenario – someone starts bombing the shit out of the town you live in because they want your part of the world to be their part of the world, it’s happening now in Ukraine, so let’s not pretend it’s an unbelievable situation. So, the tanks are coming and the bombs are getting closer to your house, you have to leave; what are you going to take with you? Well I’ll tell you what you aren’t going to take – the hard drive that’s built into your eight and a half kilogram computer. Within an hour of fleeing your home it’s taken a direct hit, the building and everything in it, including the 7,000 images on your Apple Mac, are gone forever.
Even if the hard drive wasn’t destroyed in the blast, the chances of historians ever finding it and retrieving the data are remote. Printed photographs and negatives are a lot easier to stuff into a bag and carry to a refugee camp.

…wow, I started out writing this article about a great shoot I did in Spain with musician, Simon Campbell, and the benefits of shooting film, but it’s turned into a rant about World War 3, sorry…but I think you get my point? Negatives and prints are a physical thing, digital memory isn’t. No matter what happens in the world, we will always be able to shine light through a negative and make a print.

All the images here were shot on film, obviously! Apart from looking amazing, it’ll also last a lot longer than a load of non-existent 1’s and 0’s…
CNV00035-7 CNV00019-8 CNV00023-7CNV00009-7-Edit CNV00008-8 CNV00017-6All images were made using a Pentax LX, 50mm 1.2 SMC and Agfa Vista 200 film.


  1. Abigail Jane

    Great images and I totally agree with you! I mentioned something like this in one of my posts. I refer to it as the ‘digital closet’. On the other hand it is also great when you find a little gem for an image after attempting an image clear out that you originally thought didn’t have a story to tell.

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  2. Phil I would wholeheartedly agree with you the second image is cracking and reminds me of why I had the lens and camera combo. I sadly sold it and regretted it later, the bokeh is as smooth as butter and wide open it renders beautifully. The issue is why I’ve dipped back into analogue again and to be honest it’s like i never left.


  3. Lauren Jackson

    Your work is incredible. It’s got nothing to do with the media it’s shot on, your connection with people is just stunning. I could give the same camera, lens and film to 6 billion other people and nothing they’d produce would look like this.

    I am in awe.

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  4. fantastic portraits of him. the colors and his “poses” – everything.
    about the dark age. everything is depend on persone. i know what exactly i will take with me and i did it during the summer war in Israel. my photo bag with all the stuff always was with me 🙂 i want to imagine someone running out from some Ukrainian town with the huge stock of negatives and prints :-).. better let’s finish all these wars and will think about the material stuff.

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