I am launching a podcast! It’s called Available Light and it is about photography.
Inspired by my writing on the topic, the podcast is exploration of photography in spoken form. I will be talking about photos, speak with photographers, and people writing or thinking about the medium. There will be interviews, there will be background stories, and – most of all – a lot of experimentation.
Photography may not seem like the most obvious topic for a podcast: After all, you can’t show pictures on the air. But it is precisely the challenge of covering a visual medium in an auditory one that intrigues me. Radio veteran Scott Carrier said it best: “I like podcasts because the screen is in your head.”
As a photographer, I like to ponder where the medium is going. For years, it has been undergoing a transformation, with no end in sight: Every two minutes, humans take more photos than ever existed in total, just 150 years ago. Cameras have become tiny and ubiquitous. Technological innovations keep stretching the concept of what a photo even is.
All that means there is plenty to talk about – about the role images play, the power they have over us, and what it means to be taking them. In other words: Photography has a large enough spectrum to warrant a podcast whilst being narrow enough for me not to get carried away.
Speaking of spectrums: I chose the name Available Light as a reference to the technique of taking pictures using only the naturally occurring light; and because I wanted it to be about the essence of the medium. I believe that photography isn’t primarily about cameras, lenses, films and megapixels, but about the etymological meaning of the word: Drawing with light.
Below, you can listen to the very first episode: A short piece about the history of color photography – and why looking at the past in color is such an uncanny experience.
I hope you’ll like it.