Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Old Days

I found this statue in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. I took a few pictures of it with different settings on my camera. I zoomed in to get the detail of the little bird on the bag near the film slides (I've forgotten what they are called).

Then I realized how easy I had it. I could take a bunch of pictures and just download them and delete the ones I didn't want - free and easy. But, in the "old days", this guy would have had to get the settings just right the first time because taking so many pictures and going through the whole development process would have been so very expensive.

7 comments:

Steffe said...

Any ideas who this is?

Lois said...

What a beautiful statue and I love that little bird!

Scrumpy said...

It is amazing how far photography has come. Yesterday I saw a guy with a non-digital camera and even that seemed a little odd to me.

My first camera was a disc camera. Remember those? I think it only held 15 pictures.

Daily Chicago Photo said...

It's in front of the Edward Fox Photography Studio in Chicago - they are a wedding/corporate/studio portraits business that has been in Chicago forever (they started in 1902). I THINK it is supposed to be a photographer - not a specific one. There wasn't a plaque or anything by the statue.

b.c. said...

i've been loving this visit to your blog, and love how you gave us such nice details, thanks for sharing the deja vu moment you had on Milwaukee Avenue:))

B SQUARED said...

Photography has come a long way.

MJ said...

Thanks for this thought-provoking representation.

My dad was a professional photographer from 1935(when he was a documentary photographer in the CCC in northern MN) until his death in 1980. He did weddings, anniversaries, class photos and senior portraits, landscapes - you name it. He had a giant equipment trunk that he would lug around with tripods, hand-held flash bulbs, and those accordian zoom lenses.

We had a dark room in our basement where he would spend hours and come out with the most amazing results. We often think how wild he would be about today's technology.