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Some thoughts on abundance vs scarcity, & the values of recorded and live music in the digital age:
This week I spent a little bit of time with a Russian photographer called Sergey Sergeev. I discovered his work online earlier this year and immediately fell in love with it. Sergey is passionate about traditional photographic technique and processes, and tends to avoid the digital world. We did a shoot together yesterday morning in the place where I made my new album "Outlines". The plan was to get some nice photos for the album cover / packaging / booklet etc. I feel it went well, but we won't see anything until the pictures are developed. This is a strange sensation in a world where we're used to getting things instantaneously! I look forward to the results - the light was good, and I trust his eye...Sergey spoke with boyish excitement about the magic and the science of this old-style photography. I lack the knowledge to write about it properly, but it sounds really interesting. He develops his own pictures using old-world chemical processes, there is no ink or printers involved and because of this, every one is truly unique and special. This stands in stark contrast to the world we live in now, where so much is digital and can be replicated exactly without any loss of quality. All of this got me thinking about value, abundance, scarcity and worth. There are parallels between music and photography, and both are art-forms that have been affected in the digital age.