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Chinese whispers


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Chinese whispers

23 May 2021 7:41AM   Views : 453 Unique : 275

Remember that game when you were at school? The fun of how a message gets distorted as people mishear, cover up, embellish and generally distort things, so that ‘Send reinforcements, we’re going to advance’ becomes ‘Send six and fourpence, we’re going to a dance’?

It happens in social media (of course) – particularly when those with ‘an agenda’ hijack things and bury a worthy message under opinion and bluster. It happens in camera circles, as someone makes a statement that includes several assumptions (which may be entirely reasonable, and understood by most of those present) which is then taken away by a less-informed hearer as gospel…

Whispers through time can also happen. Statements that are entirely true at one time become questionable as technicalities advance, or even as tastes change. Elaborate shading of lenses that was absolutely necessary in the Thirties, before lens coatings were applied to reduce flare, is now a bit more of a counsel of perfection.

And then there are the things that cause a bad moment when we remember how things used to be. When cars didn’t have airbags or seatbelts, perhaps, or when we didn’t wear masks for shopping in the supermarket – sometimes a fairly simple change achieves excellent results…

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23 May 2021 7:41AM
This is sparked by a very specific incident - which I won't elaborate on until I am sure what has happened.
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9 7.3k 22 United Kingdom
23 May 2021 8:07AM
It seems to me that in terms of 'social media' personal opinions and fact become mixed in peoples perception.
I follow a few photography related youtube channels. On set up one swears by full screen auto focus another pin point center (both of course correct depending on circumstances).


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