About Luddy’s Lens

Luddite: 1. hist. a member of any of the bands of English artisans who rioted against mechanization in the early 19th century.  2. a person opposed to industrialization, automation, computerization or new technologies in general.

Origin: After Ned Ludd, a British youth who had allegedly smashed two weaving frames in 1779 after being whipped by his employer.

He was said to have been dim-witted.

22 comments on “About Luddy’s Lens

    • Thanks, anincorrigible! I’ve been following your fishing blog for a while now (beginning back when I had my old blog), so it’s nice to see you here.

  1. Luddy – This is a very interesting website. Thank you for sharing. Mona Beckington – she is in my family tree, having married a Beckington! Can you tell me where it was taken. Thank you. Janet

  2. Hello Luddy. I like your work, the energy that shows through out. Question about “Luddy’s Lens.” Why is it that you’ve chosen the name? Because you’re looking back in support of early photographers/artisans? that you practice a “purer,” pre-digital form of photography? Or is there irony in the name, an awareness that the camera is the mother of mechanization and also of postmodern mass media and our shortening attention spans?

    • Hey, small farms!

      Your second guess is closest: I just personally have no interest in shooting digital. It seems too many digital photographers (usually newish to photography, or raised in the digital age) rely on post-production to get the images they have in their minds’ eyes, and where’s the challenge in that? To me, that’s akin to writing a short story and then relying on your editor to clean up the grammar and punctuation for you. I like having a record of my mistakes — my rough drafts — to review and mull over; I like the little dare of having the “wrong” film and the “wrong” lens for a situation and trying to figure out how to make it work anyway; and I just plain ol’ like the way pictures shot on film look.

      Having said all that, I must note that many (or most) of the photographers on my blogroll shoot in digital or both digital and film — but again, they are producing images that are beautiful straight out of the camera.

      My husband has a digital 35mm, and I’ve tried using it once or twice, but it just wasn’t for me. Although, of course, some sort of digitalization is unavoidable if I wanna have a photoblog…

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  3. Hello! Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Lovely Blogger Award!! Thanks for sharing your journey!!
    (I wanted to include the award icon but I can’t figure out how to do so…)

  4. LOL, I may have to join the Luddite Club… I love hand work…

    …be it with a needle and thread, with a pen or a pencil, or admiring the talents of others in stone masonry, wood carving, wrought iron or tiles, I think I would have fitted right in with people like William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones had I been born in a different era.

    Sadly the day-job is in an office… not that I don’t like my work because I do, but it doesn’t fulfil my creative streak, so I need an outlet for that elsewhere.

    Unlike you, I’m not so great photographer so I have to admit to loving and embracing the electronic age in that respect, digital allows me more freedom because I can delete my many least best photos. …if they were all on film I’ve have given up ages ago due to cost and frustration probably.

    I think that in the end Life is too short so pick the best bits of you can and go with what suits you most :)

    • Hey, Kiwidutch! I’ve been following your blog for quite a while, starting back with my old, now defunct photoblog (used to use the name Blisterina). So don’t try telling me you lack talent in photography– you’ve got a great eye for the road trips you take us on!

      Yeah, I think living in a rural place also deepens my preference for trying to keep some things simpler, especially creative stuff (even gardening). It slows me down and forces me wait for results, and I think have a better appreciation for them, good or bad.

      (William Morris! I ordered an intricate William Morris-type stencil a few years ago; the idea was to decorate a piece of furniture. I did such a lousy job — with a stencil!! — that I had to chuck it and start over with a really simple, Shaker-style Tree of Life. Oh, well.)

      Thanks so much for dropping by!!

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