Digital Analogs Back to The Works

Digital Analogs / Digital to Analog / 2008

What is digital if not a better analog? Those 0s and 1s can make up anything after all. So why is it so hard for them to make up something so emotionally charged as analog? Whether it's about visual or auditory information, analog still achieves a stronger following. Vinyl is better than CD. Film is better than digital. Mechanical watches are more appreciated than digital ones. But digital is catching up. Because with digital will soon be able to emulate the purest analog, with all its flaws. For audio, people use Digital/Analog converters that add to the clinical sound of a CD that warmth and emotion of a vinyl record, clicks and scratches included. Digital is easy and accessible, analog requires effort and craftsmanship.

Photos have some specifications: color or black and white, width, height and subject. But analog photography has one more dimension to it: age. As years pass, color fades, physical factors make their ruthless marks. Digital photography is just like its tiny components, it's either 0 or 1. If the storage medium fails, it's all 0 and the whole picture disappears. Which is why film has such an emotional impact. It works just like human memory. As time flows details begin to fade out. But the general idea still remains, even if it's missing the greens. Or the reds. Or it has a big scratch on the edge. The emotion is still there, at least in our minds. That's what digital can't fake. A bunch of 0s can't trigger emotion, except frustration. A bunch of 0s and 1s that show up pristine each and every time can't show the depth of time.

But analog will die out eventually, as more generations are less exposed to it. Analog will do what it does best, fade out with time.