The Producer's Flask

Will Video Kill Photography’s Stars?

No, of course not.

At some point, we will have a camera that combines technology like those listed below in a wafer configuration that ultimately means capturing everything around you, all the time, with the ability to reconfigure at will.

beaucoup frames per second

for the ability to refocus at will.

a 20’x24″ negative, for resolution.

sensitivity in all light levels

hologram experience you can walk through.

Perhaps then the difference between a “still” and “motion” photographer will harder to delineate.

But how can one kill the other? That’s just silly.

Custom Content Conversion. Crossing the Analog Digital Bridge

Let me help you future proof your media memories.

Tammy left her camera in the rain.


Soligor C mount 75mm Television lens mounted on a Sony Nex 5

Modern Day Diana. Creamy Lomo results. SONY DSCSONY DSC

I’m holding out for 64K TV

It will look awesome on my Dick Tracy wristwatch TV.

I always try to put the USB cable in upside down

Is it because I’m left handed?

Afraid of success?

If I were to go with my opposite instinct at the moment of truth, would the outcome be different?

My first Sony was a pamphlet

my first sony was a pamphlet

I carried this pamphlet around everywhere I went when I was 12. The year was 1969, and my allowance was 50 cents a week. It takes a while to amass $69.99 that way, so I imagined my life with a Sony tape recorder.

Meet the Swinger


My first camera. A Polaroid Swinger Model 20. Bought from Woolworth’s in 1970 when I was 13.

I just had an acid flashback where Matthew Brady bitch slapped a guy who was in process of photographing his omelette with an iphone…

Or, the tools of media production have changed a lot in recent years. Smoke ’em if you got ’em. Discuss.

Welcome to the Producer’s Flask

I am first a philosopher, which has nothing to do with making money. And I am very good at not making money. This does not mean I am a good philosopher, however.

Cracked philosophic algebraic equations aside, I am interested in how media informs our lives, and examining how it interacts with us in the chemistry of the brain. Are there parallels with other mood modifiers, like sherry or hashish?

Media can make us feel good, or bad, or bored. But we are increasingly dependent on it for moment to moment existence because the conduit available to serve it up is so close at hand.

I believe a producer is a pusher. He serves up a media cocktail from his flask so that others may be briefly intoxicated.

I define media as film, music, photography, art, prose, poetry, painting, or a text phone message. And the delivery vehicle can be analog or digital. A Youtube video made and uploaded by a intoxicated person and stumbled upon by person trying to find something else on a cell phone at the airport or the experience of standing in a museum in front of a heavily guarded Mona Lisa both qualify as a media experience. The difficulty is defining what is not a media experience.

The tools and delivery of media have never been more available, and evidence of public consumption is in evidence all around us. In public areas, people interact with electronic devices at the expense of dealing with the hazards of moving through physical space.

Try this exercise: Note every cell phone, tablet or laptop you see actively used by people you see in public areas around you and transform that device into a pint bottle of rum, secreted in a paper bag.

Network providers are screaming for more bandwidth so they can push content to the hungry consumers with tablets who need their media immediately no matter where they are or are traveling to. The FCC is under pressure to chip away at the available spectrum dedicated to over the air “free” TV and reallocate it to companies who will use it to provide you that same content for a fee.

There is an insatiable appetite for media, and the expectation is that it should just be there, like air or water.

Welcome to “The Producer’s Flask”.