Digital Nomad 2

Were where we….ah, yeah in the departure hall.

Aircrafts back in the 60’s, 70’s and even early eighties were Boeing 707, DC8, Coronados or VC10.

These aircraft had usually 6 across seating and one centre aisle. It is very interesting to contemplate that recently narrow body aircraft are considered again for transatlantic and longer flights and discussions started about the mental and other health issues this may create for the traveller.

Narrow body aircraft, instead of wide and spacious wide body MD11, B747, Dreamliner, A340’ +A350’sor even A380’s? Can the modern traveller really survive in a narrow tube with little space around them?

Well we did. Long trips even. I remember my first flight to Australia. The trip started in Stuttgart, Germany. Routing: Swissair DC-9 to Zuerich. BOAC VC-10 Zuerich to Damaskus, Calcutta, Bangkok. Japan Airlines DC-8 Bangkok – Singapore. Air India Boeing 707 Singapore – Perth – Sydney. Qantas Boeing 747 Sydney – Melbourne. Luggage in London.

Most in narrow body aircraft.

But back to analogue nomads.

Being a photographer analogue technology had some other interesting factors. First of all, you took your picture and it was fixed on film. No quick review and delete. Film is film, no delete. Secondly, you would wait days or even weeks for the final result. Usually we would not take the risk to get the film developed overseas, unless it was Kodachrome and there was a Kodak Laboratory on site. But had to wait.

Transport and storage. Film, in particular colour film was sensitive. Sensitive to heat, sensitive to X-ray. If you put your film into your luggage, there was a good chance that it it would come out black upon arrival, with X-ray having exposed your film. If you left your backpack in the sun for a few hours, film may have discolored because of the build-up heat.

So analogue had its challenges as well. But there was the excitement. Arriving back home. Get the film to processing. Waiting. Finally the film strips or slides arrived back and the result could be viewed.

Smiles or tears. Exultation or depression. But it was often worth the wait and a great way to relieve the trip. Nowadays the images often find their way on to a hard drive or dropbox or USB stick never to be seen again.

But analogue had some other positives. Slides, in particular Kodachrome or Fujichrome, Velvia, we almost undistructable. Unless they got mould on to them. But otherwise you could put them away for years and they would look as good as on day one.

Digital is different. No digital copy is safe. It can be erased, corrupted, the media, like CD becomes unreadable. Media carriers, like floppy disk, USB stick, DVD’s, etc. may eventually totally disappear. Some have already. With it the hardware. Or even if you keep the hardware, the new operating system may not recognize it. So keep copying and copying. Digital can be hard work.

To be continued…..

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