Creative Philosophy

What’s in a Name – “Analog Art”

Before starting, I would like to share a definition by Goggle:

“Analog art is any art where the material making the art is manipulated by hand, like paint. You can control any portion of it. Digital is constituted of many individual pieces of electronic information–such as pixels, in the case of digital photography–which cannot be further broken down.” August 30, 2017

Older analog technologies provide the kind of tactile physical experience that a purely digital world has started to remove.

Digital is not always better … STOP … don’t blame me for this comment!  Digital does have benefits, but we still live in an analog world. As human beings, we still touch with our hands, hear with our ears, see things with our eyes and smell things with our noses – all of which are decidedly (and beautifully) analog reception devices.

They have said that technology killed photography when the camera lens found its way onto the cell phone. Overnight, everyone in the entire world became a photographic artist. That is not the case! The cell phone is only a tool that provides an instant gratification of taking a snap or multiple snaps until you get it right.

To be a quality artist, it is how you use your tools. Whether you are an analog or digital artist, you approach the creation of your artwork with a purpose.

I am an analog artist using black and white film as my medium!

I am deeply passionate in the pursuit of analog photography as it allows me to express my artistic vision. As well, by being an analog photographer allows me to distinguish my artwork from digital artists.

My Artistic Vision:  

To create artwork that will engage the viewer’s emotional response to build a connection or to question what they see.

View’s Perspective:

When people view my artwork at exhibitions, I have often been asked: “Is that a painting … sketch?” A recent example, at the 2020 Toronto Artist Project in February, Oyster Mushroom 48 captured the interest of a visitor to my booth. His first question: “Is that graphite?” With his initial view, he did not realize that it was a photograph.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Oyster Mushroom 48, 2019

My future posts will delve into and share my creative process by using specific images or group of images. I look forward to sharing and engaging with you my visual experiences.


By Dale Reid

Contemporary fine art photographer Dale M Reid took charge of her destiny by making a commitment to herself and her life partner and soulmate.
Reid’s belief in herself has allowed her to chart a new course in life as a full-time professional artist and transgender woman. As Dale transitioned through her new life journey, she developed technical skills, questioned convention, trusted her instincts, and with her passion, was able to craft a distinctive artistic voice. Her artwork ranges from classical to sensual to erotic and engages the viewer to question what they see.

3 replies on “What’s in a Name – “Analog Art””

It’s fascinating to read how Dale approaches her photography, what it means to her, and how some wonder if it’s graphite. No question that a photograph developed in a dark room is very different from a digital one, that’s been manipulated. I look forward to more postings.

Dale’s work is truly powerful! Having had the opportunity to attend a couple of her exhibitions in New York, seeing the actual work is a wonderful experience. It’s amazing the diversity and intensity she achieves with just B/W photography.

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