13 Jun Post-Processing: Where there’s light, there’s also shade

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I decided to use the Whit weekend to write an article on a series of photographs which I had shot in parallel with the Leica M240 and the film M6. The object was to show how analogue and digital images can successfully complement each other. But the development of the colour photographs was delayed because of the several holiday days in May and I had to put back the experiment.

“De gustibus non est disputandum”, in matters of taste there can be no dispute, is a truism as old as mankind. The perception of colour, form, music, odour, and generally all of creation varies in every person. It depends on ethnic influence, education, age and sex, to mention just a few criteria, and there is much more.

But there are also standards that at any a particular time have general currency.

Let’s say I’m in a good restaurant and have ordered a bottle of wine. The scruffy sommelier, missing a front tooth, pulls out a Tetra-Pak of sweet Lambrusco and makes a great fuss of opening it with a pair of rusty scissors hanging from his neck.

The first sip, which he had poured into a crystal glass, glued my tongue to my palate. As I freed it with a sucking sound, I stuttered my thanks and ran out of the restaurant. You can say, in this case, that certain standards were lacking.

But do we know of such things happening in photography? And, if so, who sets these standards. What is good, what is

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