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

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
JamesMortimer
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Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...
In reply to Great Bustard, May 25, 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.

The fact that they "were surprised to hear they were digital" indicates to me that they are being elitist posers.

It's like that movie 2012 - the art gallery director talking about to copy of the Mona Lisa.
He's told that it's such a good copy that you can't tell the difference without some special laser-imaging detection - he replies that "it's still a copy though".

My point (to both) is that if you can't tell the difference then there is no difference.
(If the gallery owner had not been told about the substitution then he would not know that his gallery had the copy!)

I'll be kinder here and say that it might not be that they are posers - they might just be trotting out the same old tired rubbish they heard or were told by someone else..

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