For one moment . . .

For one moment could I imagine a world that’s bigger than my own? Could I entertain the idea that my perception of a question or scenario could be completely false? How about the notion that two seemingly opposite ideas can actually co-exist?

either/or either/or either/or — always with the either/or …

This morning I was getting my regular coffee at Lit and I asked the baristo if he knew where I could develop some camera film in the neighbourhood. He suggested I ask one of the customers, who was also in line, and the response from him was, “oh god, I don’t know. I’m a digital guy. Go to Yonge Street (we’re on Roncesvalles) or Black’s. Yeah Black’s …” Black’s, at Dufferin Mall? His tone was very dismissive.

Those of you who know me know that “I’m a digital guy” too. My family had the first digital SLR as soon as it came out. We are digi/gadgety people. I didn’t tell that guy or pursue the matter further because he didn’t care and he’d already made up his mind that my question was coming from a place stuck in the past.

In fact, the reality couldn’t be farther from the truth. I’ve been experimenting with digital lomography and toy cameras for the past couple years (VistaQuest1015 Entry was my first camera and I have a 1015R2 on the way!) and recently I thought it would be good to learn how to use a real lomography camera, and when I say “real” I mean analogue. A film camera.

So, a couple weeks ago I took a workshop at the Lomography store on Queen. The majority of the workshop was shooting in the field and as a result I have a roll of film I need to get developed. A roll of film I’m quite excited about.

I guess that makes me a digital guy AND an analogue guy… does it make your head explode?

Our friend in the coffee shop makes me wonder … how often do I dismiss someone I believe to be stuck in the past or not worthy of my attention? Shut down a conversation before it begins? Kill a potential connection because of my misperceptions? And how often as a society do we do it to each other?

People are complicated, the variables are infinite. The idea that “truth is stranger than fiction” must hold true — there are just too many of us with so many interesting stories for it not to. So why do we choose to see people as two-dimensional, as beings in opposition to who we are ourselves?

At the very least we’re missing out on potentially enriching, valuable and interesting conversations in coffee shops.

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3 Responses to “For one moment . . .”

  1. heather anne says:

    first off thank you for the twitter follow, i had to check out your blog and your etsy, and i must say i love both.

    i love the work with circuitry pieces you have, so pretty!

    as far as the post, i think it’s something we all struggle with. i love film, i love vintage, but i also love technology as well. i have more film cameras than i do digital, but for my photo business, i use digital. so what does that make me? and more importantly, why on earth does it matter? good art is good art, it shouldn’t matter what the tools are used to create it as such. and he probably only knows how to use the auto feature.

  2. mari says:

    Hi, I also found you through Twitter! Or you found me..anyway.

    I think the guy in the coffee shop has little in the way of social graces. Just my opinion. I love taking pictures with my digital camera and I’ve learned a lot about photography by schooling myself on the manual settings. That has, in turn, pushed me to get my old film camera out and use it from time to time. Yeah, it’s a bit of a pain to find someone who will develop film – our local pro photographers’ store thankfully still offers developing & printing services – but film really still is wonderful. Those amazing colors, depth of field. And the negatives last forever if you store them properly. I agree with Heather Anne; I don’t think it matters too much what tools you use so much as you enjoy the process and glean something valuable from it. cheers, m

  3. lilydustbin says:

    Thanks guys… I appreciate the input. I think it’s so important to get out of this mentality that says a new technology must replace an old one. We are capable of living in both worlds – analogue has its merits as you suggest and to utilise old technology does not necessarily mean you know nothing of the new technologies … oops there’s some ego creepin’ in there so I’ll leave it at that! xoxo