Something I see now and then is someone asking a mildly, but not wildly, obscure question related to film photography. How do you unstick this thingy, or why do my negatives look like this, or whatever.
Invariably, this question is asked of people who have presented themselves as experts on film photography,
and just as invariably, the experts have no idea, but prattle on at some length.
It is as if this is lost lore, which now the brave post-digital film photographers, the pioneers trekking
across the desolate wasteland that is all that remains after the DSLRcalypse, must now reconstruct these
technologies from scratch. Except that they don't. This stuff was widely known and talked about 20 years
Some of us are still alive!
I don't know all the answers to these semi-obscure questions, but I do know that the answers to all of them
were well known, and indeed are still well known to slightly older gentlemen. There are answers to be found
in the archives of, say, photo.net, or in actual books, and so on. This knowledge has not been lost, it's
exactly where it was 20 years ago.
It's just not known to the self-styled experts of the digital age, who apparently cannot be buggered to
even go find out, but who just make shit up, or suggest that the answer is dark knowledge, never known,
too dangerous to be known now
They'll go on and on about their bloody Leicas and how to develop film badly in coffee, but they don't know
anything about why your negatives look like that, or how to unstick the things.