Science is at the heart of art. An actor is a practitioner of the finer points of psychology. A dancer knows the limits of human physiology as well as any physician. So it goes with the art of photography. The first photograph was created sometime in the 1820's, a faint burry thing. A triumph of physics and chemistry; little to do with art. Since then the greatest technical minds across nearly 200 years have worked minor miracles developing cameras with the technology to produce photos that are absolutely accurate representations of the world. Which is why I find it amusing that today, some of the best minds of our day are working to recreate the blurry, smudged, scratched photos that in decades past inventors lost sleep trying to eliminate.
Google NIK collection has recently released a new filter for their suite of editing software called Analog Effects Pro. Its sole purpose to reintroduce us to the scratches, light leaks, blurs, and stains from darkrooms past. I played around with it for a minuet today on a picture I took last weekend of a pirate friend of mine. It's a quality piece of software with a variety of highly customizable filters. The interface is intuitive and the results are generally good. Its not for every picture; most likely it will be best when used sparingly. The “vintage” photo is a bit of a fad right now á la instagram. Now light leaks and scratches only need be there when I want them, and there in lay the art in the science