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

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Tom Caldwell
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Schools of thought
In reply to fcheh, 3 months ago

There are two schools of thought:

1) that the artist is the medium at the time a photograph is caught and true mastery of tools is of the essence.  The sort of golf analogy where the professional with talent will always out-shoot the everyday player with the same set of clubs. Where constant practice might improve but talent cannot be bought.

This fails because a talented driver will always get there quicker and more safely in a Model T Ford than any rookie talentless driver.  The trouble is in finding anyone willing to get from her to there in a Model T Ford theses days.

2) that any tool that makes your photography better is fair game as the end justifies the means.

This can also fail as not matter how many tools, special lenses, sensors, after-processing is applied it cannot completely replace skill and practice, leavened with a decent amount of luck.

In the end the user must chose but I do not see photography as some sort of competition where one hand is tied behind ones back and the best man wins.

Cartier Bresson used to brag that he never cropped an image and would have that he never made a bad capture.  Endowed with a great number of forever present decisive moments perhaps he just made sure that he never exhibited a bad one. Therefore a legend is born.

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