My flash card is not full of souls

Excuse me, your Nikon is stealing my soul. 

I’ve never heard it precisely put this way but the soul-stealing capabilities of a camera are widely believed in many parts of the world. It doesn’t help that many tourists perpetuate this every time one of “the natives” shies away from the camera.  I think pagan religions like Voodoo are mostly responsible for this belief. Followers believe in sympathetic magic which holds that a part of a person (clothing, hair, graphic likeness) could be used to cast a spell. 

You would think pagan beliefs would fade in the wake of a world-wide technology boom.  For example, these fearful subjects often have a Honda generator and a satellite dish out behind the hut and spend their evenings bathed in the blue glow of American television shows. Paradoxically, they know there aren’t little people inside the box yet somehow still believe a camera can suck out a soul. 

I think technology has given us a work around for this problem. I posit that digital cameras do not have the same soul- stealing tendency as film since a digital file (aka a collection of 1’s and 0’s) bears no likeness to a subject unless it’s rendered as a print or screen image. Whereas, film contains the latent image after the moment of exposure.  

One more reason why digital is superior to film.

Happy Halloween.

kp

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~ by keithphilpott on October 22, 2008.

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