If you wish to take photos of your life in the 1980s, you don’t need a ton of equipment and probably won’t need much to get the job done. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money or buy a lot of gear. What you need is a camera that can capture images in a way that looks professional and does an excellent job at making the most out of your time. A DSLR camera (including lenses) will cost anywhere from $100-300 bucks and it’s not going to make you look too good anyway because it only offers high quality images at low shutter speeds (which are usually used for photojournalism).
What can photography tell me about a man? Well, now, it can tell me everything about a man. The 1980s may not be the most exciting part of our lives, but it was the years at the very tip of our fingers. What were we all hoping for in those days? A new post-industrial revolution and how did technology change everything? Where did I fit in with the last mass-produced product? What’s your favorite decade and why?! I’ll tell you.
It’s always a pleasure when something comes along that’s so fun and innovative that it makes you wonder how much progress we’ve made in the past. 1980s photography is one such game changer, and it’s working its way into daily lives as well. We can now take a high resolution picture of anything for just $10.00! Ready? OK, follow me — I’ll be taking pictures of you everytime you blink an eye.
In a previous post, I talked about how many different types of photography were possible with the technology of today. This post is about how to make your own trip back in time in 1980’s photography. Let’s start by talking about the early-1980’s cameras and lenses. These days, you can buy professional cameras for under $400. It’s even easier than that because that price is made up of a lens, a body and some accessories. The image quality on every one of these cameras is brilliantly sharp, but they are so expensive that you really have to have good equipment when you want one.
The 1980s were a time of the past. There was a point in my life where I decided that most of my favorite photos had to be out of print. So, I searched for anything related to old film stills or even vintage black and white images of the time. In a way, it’s like searching for an answer to this question. I ended up finding why we love old black and white photos and why you should too. It’s about how photography has evolved over the past 60 years and it’s about what has changed a thousand times since then.
I want to introduce you to a new site that is the only legitimate source for photography from the 1980s. This site is photographs taken by contemporaries of me and some other photographers that took photos in my own time. This project has two parts, one with a short introduction about my work and the second part with a detailed explanation about how I acquired the images I used for this site.