Photography in the age of AI

24th September 2050, Phuket, Thailand

Agent-46, a humanesque AI photographer is on assignment to take a photograph of a jetty in Phuket, Thailand. The brief is simple. The most amazing photograph of a tropical sunset with a target of 10 million likes in the leading social media site. 10 million likes on one photograph should be an easy assignment. The agent has analysed all photographs during golden hours available in its agency’s database and already knows the data required.

It walks out of its storage and goes to the beach. Checks time. Still 15mins. It knows the exact time when the quality of light will be optimal for the image that guarantees 10million likes. It glances across the scene, its brain working to get the right Fibonacci grid. It takes around 2 secs to lock the scene. And when the exact time comes, it takes the image and goes back to its storage. On its way back, it processes the image and uploads it to the right cloud network. All in a day’s work of an AI powered professional photographer.

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My short experience with Fujifilm GFX50s on the street

Last year, I shot extensively on the street with a Mamiya 6. It was heaps of fun. I loved the negatives, and since then I had this wish to use a digital medium format camera on the street.

First I thought I will use my Mamiya DF with DM22 back. But it is very big and too slow to use on the street. Best I could have done was to use it for some street portraits. Shooting reactive street photography is simply too much of a hassle with it. Then I thought of trying Pentax 645Z (or D) but never got the opportunity. And Pentax is still on the heavier side.

Finally last weekend, I got the opportunity to use one. The Fujifilm GFX50s, thanks to Leigh Diprose from Fujifilm Australia. He kindly allowed me to take the camera and the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR and GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR for around 3 hours, good enough time for me to take it to the street.

Now, this is not a review. I can’t do one as I don’t think I understand camera technology enough to write one. If it is anything, then it is my own rambling about using the camera on the street, some thoughts on street photography and using medium format on the street. Or that’s what I believe it to be.

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Family albums – in search of photographic innocence

Family albums! That book of plastic sleeves with photos I dreaded because between those sleeves were images which I never wanted anyone to see. Why will I want anyone to know that I was shit scared and howling on my first horse ride somewhere in Darjeeling? And that smile on my Dad’s face. The stuff childhood nightmares are made of.

That family treasure with red wine coloured leather cover and a hideous golden cursive letter stating the obvious. Family album. Continue reading “Family albums – in search of photographic innocence”

Meet a photographer – Reza (a.k.a SundayStroller), Jakarta, Indonesia

All images by Reza. Used with permission.

Meet A Photographer is a series in which I try to learn more about photographers, whose work has made a positive impact on me.

I have talked about Reza a.k.a SundayStroller in one of my earlier post. To recap we have been following each other on Instagram and when I went to Jakarta last year, we caught up. And glad I did.   Roger is a photographer in Melbourne, whose passion is to document street art. Melbourne is known for its street art. And the

There is no doubt that I am a big admirer of Reza’s work. His work has that humane quality which is often missing from today’s Instagram-driven pretty images. His image often feels like his search for his own connection with his own city. It is like he walks the street not to take images but to search for answers. 

This is Reza, a wonderful friend and a terrific street shooter from Jakarta, Indonesia. Continue reading “Meet a photographer – Reza (a.k.a SundayStroller), Jakarta, Indonesia”