I just got off a plane from a job in London a few days ago. It necessitated bringing some gear, and while I made every effort to travel light, it still felt like a huge amount of weight to carry. As soon as I saw these vintage photographer photos, however, I realized I had almost no grounds to complain about the imposition of the size or weight of my gear ever again.
With the pace of technological change, and our desire for camera manufacturers to produce products that are better and simultaneously smaller and lighter, it’s all too easy to forget just how far gear development has come in even the last decade alone.
What about if we look back a little further, say, over the last 100 years or more? These vintage images of photographers and their gear show the incredible leaps that we’ve made in what amounts to a pretty short amount of time in the history of photography.
What’s fascinating (at least to me) is that these images don’t just provide entertainment value in terms of looking back at how cumbersome some of this gear must have been to transport and use. It also shows how quickly gear has developed, and as the rate of change is exponentially faster thanks to Moore’s Law, it’s exciting to think about what advances the near term future might bring.
Via [CreativeLive Blog]