I’m someone who is almost (maybe a topic for later) completely unconcerned with the move toward online mediums for news and information. It’s how I grew up for the most part.
Even though I take random leaves of absences here (sorry, will really try not to!), I have become somewhat of a prolific spewer-of-words over recent years thanks in large part to my connection with the Capital Weather Gang. Outside my fortune of having several op-eds in the New York Times, both co-authored by my boss and myself, and one on my own, the majority of my thoughts are housed online only. As a writer, it doesn’t bother me. I know that more and more people get their primary information through the Web. It is what it is.
But there is still something about buying a paper and opening it up and seeing/understanding the work that goes into it all. A blog post can be put together and published in no time (sometimes it’s apparent the author should have spent more time!). But the daily paper — even if it contains old news — is a truly complete and thought-provoking product that online outlets have yet to be able to fully copy.
After plenty of recent complaining about how social media is ruining the world for “real” photographers, I spent the last week buying a new camera and then this weekend finally getting out to take some photos following an extended break.
It was my “last” (not really, but perhaps in full) photo shoot with the Canon 40D. It was sentimental. I made a blog post. Then an editor for the Post decided it would make a good piece for print (at least sans 20 pictures!).
Either way, there it was when I opened the paper today. My little story about how Washington can feel quaint and outdoorsy — all book-ended by two of the photos I took. A nice spread too, lots of page! By late in the day, I received an e-mail from a happy father who just watched his daughter get married this weekend. He saw the photos in the paper and wanted to send one of his own cherished memories over. It had beautiful orange trees behind the blissful couple. A weekend to remember for sure… we’re already reminiscing just a few days later.
Yeah, print still matters.
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