This is hilarious. I feel bad for thinking that... but it is.
Mt Airy, Philadelphia. I am not kidding. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Airy,_Philadelphia
- diversity: one of the most racially integrated communities anywhere
- excellent schools: Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs have some of the biggest variety of excellent schools anywhere including private and charter schools.
- tight knit startup community
- cheap: low cost of living for a big city on the US east coast
- transportation: fast train to center city or to New York
- food: Philly is a fantastic city for foodies
- beer: philly is an unbelievable beer city. tons of local crafts and world class bars
- Not Boston
- Not New York, but it is highly accessible
I agree with everything you wrote. But a lot of commercial "photography" is already intensely photoshopped, essentially collages of lots of other material with impossible lighting (eg the intense orange/blue effect), impossible focus. And we already see what I'd call optimistic renders in marketing material instead of photographs of a real object (which might not exist yet). So that sort of thing is not a huge reach. Historically, actual straight optical photography will probably occupy only a minor span of time. Previously dominated by drawing and painting, and will now and in the future be dominated by digital compositing. 3D of course is just one technique, which is simply getting more and more popular.
What we're seeing is the vast expansion of technique, and very little of the final product will be "real" – if it ever really was. I like these popular animated gifs of famous movie scenes (the term for which I can't recall just now) because they remind us how unrealistic an actual still photograph actually is - we never perceive the our world the way a photograph shows it - instantaneously frozen in time. Except maybe for landscapes.
A photograph requires a subject - similarly, a cgi render requires scene data. If you have the scene data, such as a product model, or a mountain, then you can take a virtual photograph by setting the lighting, framing the scene, etc.
So let's say I want an image looking up a tall skycraper from the ground. I could go out, find a location, wait for the right weather and lighting conditions and take my traditional photograph. Or, if I happen to be able to find a skyscraper model, I could easily compose the exact scene I want in my computer. Faster, probably. And maybe with Google's or someone else's increasingly accurate data, it could be an actual skyscraper and not just some stock model. So yeah, this will replace a lot of traditional photography, without a doubt.
But art is always up to the artist.
Color will always fade. Black and white, optically printed, will outlast everything else if they're properly stored. Everything digital should be treated as ephemeral in your short lifetime. Besides, in 20 years you'll have millions of digital photos and you won't be able to find the ones that matter if they're not at least tiered by quality. Curation is really the answer - print the best of the best and tier the rest by quality.
Nothing digital will last. All my DVDs that I burned in 2001-2002 are dead - organic dye decomposing, probably - and so are many of my digital video tapes. Hard drives have to be copied repeatedly. Your cloud providers will abandon you.
But if you want your prints to actually last, you have to have them printed optically in black and white, at a place like ilford labs. This really is the best and only long term archival method - do it for the best of the best. Your other options: rent your own data from a service provider who may end up locking you out or deleting your data anyway, or perpetual copying.
Yeah. But here I am, reclining on my silk pillows, drinking a fine Tokay, with exotic animals lounging about and servants fanning me with feather palms. I clap my hands for Photoshop and what do I get? A fucking splash screen. I should have the developers flayed for such insolence.
Wish I could forget about Natalie Portman, petrified, and covered in hot grits...
Imagine a beowulf cluster of these...
so, ahgh... can it run doom? I am posting this under extreme duress
And after that - 4K 360 degree 3D HDR video.
Actually all I really want is 3D ascii video.