Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lost In The Analog

There is a book called
Ansel Adams In Color
containing photos

by Ansel Adams,
mostly from transparencies
and all in color.

Most people don’t know
Adams experimented
with color for years.

He liked the control
and range black and white gave him.
Color was tricky.

New technology.
Adams experimented
with color for years.

He felt black and white
was more expressive for him
of his mind’s vision.

I like black and white.
But I enjoy color more.
Technology now

makes color more fun.
If Adams were alive now
would he still prefer

black and white work, or
would Adams embrace deep bits,
digital color?

If Adams were here,
if he were working right now
and if Adams knew

the people I know —
the woman I’ve called Trixie
he’d stick with color

and fast computers.
Only deep bits of color
can express some things.

Deep bits of color,
high tech digital magic,

maybe could express
the visions in someone’s mind
looking at Trixie.

Of course, not even
all the computers on Earth
could manipulate

deep bits of color
deep enough for expressing
visions that I see,

visions that move me,
visions from within my mind
looking at Trixie.

But Ansel Adams
if he were alive today
with fast computers,

cutting edge printers,
might be able to do it.
Maybe. Possibly.

Digital color.
I’m lost in the analog,
looking at Trixie.

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Ansel Adams In Color

Where’s Polonius? — And ‘Trixie’

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