I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
CharlesB58
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Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...
In reply to Great Bustard, May 24, 2013

Great Bustard wrote:

...based on this post:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51516317

Particularly, this paragraph, and particularly the portion I highlighted in bold:

I had a recent (very successful!) gallery show of prints up to 20"x30" from the E-3. Got many comments about how "natural" the prints looked. Several people said they didn't realize at first they were photographs. They used terms such as "relaxed, smooth and inviting" to describe them. Several, including other photographers, thought they were from film, though the photographers said they were puzzled by the lack of film grain. They were surprised to hear they were digital. Several, including buyers, said they generally don't like prints from digital cameras because they are too "self-conscious" in that they have too much unnecessary detail, too obviously photographic, and too unpleasant to live with on the wall, even if initially striking.

What do people think?  It's a very interesting observation, in my opinion.

My theory is the comments reflect a combination of ignorance and arrogance on the part of those making the comments. I mean, "too obviously photographic"? Really? (Makes me think of Han Solo telling Chewbaca to keep his distance but not make it look like he's trying to keep his distance.LOL)

Perhaps what they are referring too is poorly processed images made into prints, or people who processed for pixel peeping on monitors and having the prints done by a lab that simply runs their files through the printer? I'm puzzled about the photographers and others who were "puzzled by the lack of film grain" (What: they never saw prints made from Kodachrome 25 or Pan-X sheet film-both are almost grainless unless you stick your nose right in the print?)

The comments really do strike me as a bit of photographic snobbery.

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