20 years digital, a migrant's story ...

RANDALL ARMOR, PETAPIXEL:

"If you’re a photographer fluent in geek speak, you may have heard people my age referred to as 'digital immigrants'- we got our draft cards before we got our SD cards. Like all immigrants, our success hinged on how well we could assimilate into a new culture without forgetting where we came from. It was hard at first as we struggled to learn new customs and a new language by day, but at night we gathered close and sang wistful songs of the Olde Country.

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"You young bucks are known as 'digital natives'– you were born binary, and may have even live-tweeted your passage through the birth canal. You take today’s technological horn o’ plenty for granted, because digital photography is the status quo for you, the same way that traditional photography was once the status quo for us. It’s part of the fabric of the world you were born into, it’s what you learned early and know well."

The contrast is quite stark, and sometimes, painfully so. But for good or evil, we all live in this brave new world now. Read more, here.