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Shaken, and stirring.

Jason Santa Maria's latest post is about the passing of physical media generally, and the impending discontinuation of instant film by Polaroid specifically. His writing makes me feel at once nostalgic, defiant, and sad at the same time as I consider what, beyond the physically-generated records of the visual, will be lost to the march of technology. Along with the coming loss of analog photographic imagery we'll inevitably see a fading away of the equally artistic processes required to develop negatives and create prints.

I'm no Luddite (and in fact, I'm a gadget freak), but part of me will be sad to see the eventual disappearance of the tangible implements of photography, an art form (in its practical incarnation) younger than these United States.