May 1, 2005

Life before the computer

Memory was something you lost with age…
An application was for employment
A program was a TV show
A cursor used profanity

A keyboard was a piano
A web was a spider’s home
A virus was the flu
A CD was a bank account

A hard drive was a long trip on the road
A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
And if you had a 3 inch floppy

               … you just hoped nobody ever found out !

Pedro Meyer is the publisher of ZoneZero, and online magazine dedicated to photography. Its name intends to be a metaphor for the journey from analog to digital image making. One of the references comes from “The Zone System” a fine example of the analog heritage in photography made so famous by Ansel Adams. From the analog dark room we are now moving to the digital one; where everything analog is transformed into digits represented through the infinite combinations of either zeros or ones.

The name ZoneZero has actually several origins, least of which is the one you cited. It comes from combining the digital representation as in one-zero. Plus the notion that the Zero Zero has to do with being at the very center, the starting point if you will, from which new directions for photography will hopefully emanate. To use the words of the French poet Louis Aragon, in his preface to Modern Mythology. Light is meaningful only in relation to darkness, and truth presupposes error. It is these mingled opposites which people our life, which make it pungent, intoxicating. We only exist in terms of conflict, in the zone where black and white clash. Hence ZoneZero

In conclusion, ZoneZero is a site on the internet, dedicated to photography and its journey from the analog to digital world.

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