The Past "Photography" the Future "Imagery" Not for ME!

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Re: The Past "Photography" the Future "Imagery" Not for ME!
In reply to fcheh, Apr 18, 2014

Ansel Adams said "You don't take a photograph, you make it".

For over 35 years I have watched, often with amusement, as people file along making it seem that their is some sort of superior aesthetic in photos that are "OOC". Sometimes such photos can be great. Other times they are crap. Crappier still is the attitude of those who think that because they don't do any PP they are somehow producing better or "purer" photos than others.

That's utter photo-elitist snobbery that pales in the face of the history of great photographs. As I see it, it's an attitude fostered by people who just can't seem to hit their desired goals photographically (someone else's photos are always a bit more eye catching, dramatic, creative or well executed than their own). To recover some pride, they dismiss those photos as inferior because there was varying degrees of PP involved.

Sure, there is much to admire in those who can produce good photos OOC. Are they better photographers?

Is B.B. King a better guitarist than Steve Vai? Is Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" "better" than his Ninth Symphony? Such comparisons in photography, as to whether OOC images are somehow better than those that involve a lot of PP reek of hubris induces snobbery if they are taken too far.

Enjoy how you like to make photos, but leave any implications that your preferred method is inherently superior at the door please.

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If, in my lifetime, I will have produced just one image that makes a real difference in the life of another, I will have achieved my highest goal as a photographer.

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