Breakthrough Images – Keith Goldstein

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This image is from somewhere in the fall of 2002. I just recently purchased my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix 5000. Until then, I was shooting film entirely and scanning an image now and then. Though signs were on the horizon, prices were prohibited, the Nikon was extremely affordable at a whopping 5 megapixels.

I always walked to and from my places of employment. Not just for the exercise, but also for the chance to photograph. Nothing like unwinding with a camera in hand.

Why is this image a breakthrough for me? It was the first totally digital exposure I ever made. It really opened up my eyes to the technology that at that time was just beginning to set sail on its journey of affordability to the masses.I know that to some, it might seem like a mundane image, but that little camera fully captured what I saw that late afternoon/early evening. The subtle nuances of light, color, and detail.

That evening i thought, “How could I go back to film??”

It also began one of many long term projects that continue to this day.


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