Appropos of nothing in particular, I treated myself to a scanner recently. A compact little Cannon Lide 70, to be exact. As such, I've been doing a bit of experimenting and thought I'd give it a bit of a test drive. Back in the 90's (it still sounds weird to say that), I fancied myself as a bit of a novice photographer, keen to experiment with filters, wide-angled lenses, etc. I even took a crash course in black'n'white dark room technique back in the summer of `98, finding it to be an incredibly complicated process that left me with much greater respect for the labs where I'd formerly dropped my film off. Much like the lost art of letter-writing in the wake of e-mail, digital photography seems to have rendered dark room technique somewhat moot. In keeping with this sad fact, I purchased a digital camera upon the birth of my daughter back in 2004 and have sadly not looked back. Convenience and immediate gratification have seemingly overtaken art and painstaking craft. It's an inevitable fact that accompanies the advance of technology.
In any case, I exhumed a few of the photographs from the last decade that I was fond of for the purposes of scanning them, hoping that they'd look as nice when digitally captured and compressed. We'll see. Here are a few random shots of downtown Manhattan from the early Spring of 1998. Click on them to enlarge.