History is not as boring as school makes it out to be!
Many times over the years when I have been either taking pictures, editing or printing I think about how what I do today would look to those that have gone before us in the photography and printing business. What would a photographer from the 1900’s up to the 1970’s think of the cameras that we had to shoot during the last years of film photography. Or what would photographers up to the late 1980’s think about digital. Or my big one what would people think about the digital editing and printing that we can do now. I tell people that if I could go back in time 50 years or more with my computer and my printer I could own the printing industry both for photographs and for printing of signs, posters, etc. With the equipment I have today I would be able to do retouching to photographs or print jobs that would be unheard of in years gone by. Or jobs that took days to do I could do in minutes.
Searching for my history
After my father passed away I was going through a pile of old papers he had and found some information on my grand father. My grand father on my father’s side passed away when my dad was just a young boy. I knew very little about him but I did have the blessing to come across some military records for him. As I was reading them I found out something that was SHOCKING!!! My grandfather was a printer early on in life. I actually found some other documents later on that lead me to believe that even after he came back from the war that he was a printer.
I wonder what it would be like to work along side of him printing a book in the way he did or print a poster advertising an event. Then being able to show him what I can do now. Need a poster for advertising – it would take a printer back in the 1900’s the better part of a day to layout and print. Today I can do it in a few minutes and I can make changes in seconds. Or showing someone like Ansel Adams how I could retouch, adjust and print photos in minutes that would take his darkroom tech days!
Today will be tomorrow’s history
I guess the saying is true that history does repeat itself. I also wonder if my grandson or a great grandchild will ever go into the photography or printing trade? I wonder if they will have technology that I could only dream of today or more so I could not even think of today. It is cool to think about!