Craig Mod manages—again—to articulate what many of us have been struggling to express about the future that we can see, and the past that we're letting go.
What’s fun about straddling these technological shifts is that it automatically places you in an uncomfortable position. This is exactly where you want to be though, because discomfort is where potential lives. Potential rarely rests on a chaise lounge by the beach. Potential almost never lives in the systems cradled by the incumbents.
In fact, discomfort and change go hand-in-hand. That’s why there are those able to extract crazy, seemingly unfair wealth from change — they’re willing to postulate and endure great discomfort (high-risk) for potential payouts. They look forward, objectively beyond nostalgia.4 It’s not magic. They’re just not complacent.
It's a long read, and wide ranging, touching on many aspects of photography from why we take pictures to our fascination with the mechanics. In the end though, Craig expresses what every photographer I've ever know feels in her heart:
The shift to a smartphone for photography scares me because I love the boxes. Love their purpose. Their simplicity. So dearly love knowing I’ve captured all that detail. Love their constraints and all the potential packed within them. But in the end, for me, photography has never been about a box. The box was always a means.
It's lovely, important stuff. Go read it.