There are more photos being taken now than at any time in history, by a very long way, and with the coming of the digital age, where phones double up as cameras, everyone is a photographer.
The vast majority of photos taken however remain in digital format on computers, tablets and smart phones, and possibly hardly ever see the light of day other than when they are taken. If the photographer wants others to see his or her photographs, then they are usually shared via text, e-mail or many of the social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, to mention but a few. According to Facebook, 350 million photographs are uploaded to their site every day!
The author came into photography many years ago, too many than he is happy to reveal, but his apprenticeship was in black and white and colour darkrooms, so it will come as no surprise that he is a little saddened - not with digital photography itself, because he has embraced it wholeheartedly - but with the fact that the actual photograph, i.e., the end result of taking a photo, has become a very transient and fragile medium, passed over in a matter of seconds on quite often very small screens.
He believes strongly that the final destination for a photograph must be the print, either in a magazine, a book, or mounted and framed and hung on the wall.
Like nearly all photographers and snappers out there, he has thousands of images on his computer hard drive, which he looks at from time to time, so he has decided that the time has come to put his money where his mouth is and self publish this series of portfolio photo books. There will be several books in the series, all based on different themes.
To enjoy photographs, you simply take a book off the shelf.
How outlandishly retro is that?
This, the first in a series of 'foto' books, concentrates on black and white images from recent journeys.
VW Museum and Autostadt, Wolfsburg. Published November 24, 2009