ftavares: I think it's very refreshing and brave to see someone delivering a keynote presentation about enoughness vs. consumerism and it's effects on sustainability to a photographic community that is constantly driven to buying the latest and greatest gadgets. And on an event that is sponsored by brands that rely on large scale consumerism.
Congrats to DPR and the organization of PIX for the selection. It was a wonderful and moving presentation.
Roland, whilst your car analogy is the elephant in the room nothing that ftavares says can be in dispute. Never ending upgrading of any consumer electronic product is, by definition, unsustainable.
brettmeikle: Americans like an enemy, who knew? Wind the clock back 30 years and many commenters on here would be making the same simplistic remarks about China, now a perfectly valid location for tours and cultural bucket listing. Their rulers are ratbags - we know that. So were the Maoists. I thought this film had fascinating qualities, both in the technology and the subject. Lovely countryside, pleasant 'ordinary' folk and in fact reminiscent of the China I saw in the 80s. Time to move on people - and stay curious.
Mike, I'm not standing up for N Korea - so you can drop that posture. Capitalism v Communism - that argument must be redundant but I know old reactionary citizens of the US like to pretend it's still a thing - I mean, your embargo of Cuba is only just coming to an end after decades of spitefulness.And as for the tired, bitter chestnut of us speaking German now- it's beneath me if not, clearly, you. This country handled itself fine for three years without help.
Americans like an enemy, who knew? Wind the clock back 30 years and many commenters on here would be making the same simplistic remarks about China, now a perfectly valid location for tours and cultural bucket listing. Their rulers are ratbags - we know that. So were the Maoists. I thought this film had fascinating qualities, both in the technology and the subject. Lovely countryside, pleasant 'ordinary' folk and in fact reminiscent of the China I saw in the 80s. Time to move on people - and stay curious.
SETI: I had 4 Pentax cameras and had problems with 3 of them. Great system but bad QC
Ive had 6 Pentax DSLRs and a Q and only just got a glitch (rectified myself) on the last one. Lucky me?
I teach kids your age, and if they produced work like yours - with that sympathy of eye and curiosity for insight - my job would be a delight (and a breeze). In this set, even the Auckland night shot speaks of geo-thermal action.
munro harrap: There is also another good reason for keeping all the art we have here here. Its called war. You can see online what IS and the Taliban do, so their people's culture would be safer were it in the UK, all of ity, rather than in Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan, and we now also have to control who is allowed to buy stuff as any number of artworks purchased privately not only disappear into bank vaults,
but can be bought by people who then destroy them as ideologically unacceptable.I dare say that is already happening, so stop sales and guard our human heritage.
TEX! Damn predictive text.
Hey Ted, don't be a dong.
RichRMA: Very good shots. Big cats are being poached by hunters working for places like China and Vietnam where tiger gall bladders, etc, are used in quack medicine. It's a good idea to find alternative areas for them to live, like perhaps wild areas in North America because where they are living is not longer viable.
The first grey wolf in the Grand Canyon in 70 years didn't last long in the great wilderness of Utah. http://www.livescience.com/49288-gray-wolf-shot-in-utah.html
Walked up to that spot (Heilagou?) in 1988. Bit cloudier on that occasion. Thanks for the view I missed.
Not so good for: "Snapshooters who would be drawn to the camera because of the high resolution and price tag." - the likely market, alas.
peevee1: War photography is more useful than landscape photography will ever be. And yes, it DOES help to stop the freaking politicians' adventures.
Respectfully, I'll take McCullin's view on this over yours.
Man, some dingbats rolled up for this comments section. Some excellent and beautifully representative work from Ireland. Who wants another picture of Half Dome or that damn barn in front of the Tetons? Inclement weather if far more interesting too.
An article on photography? Good luck with that....
I'm standing on it!
Kid Plutonium: I don't have the courage to call this series either good or bad but can say these photographs leave me without connection to, or curiosity about the subjects and the world in which they live. In fact I'm left rather disappointed — though this has everything to do with my own expectations.
That said, respect to McKell for hanging around with these people so long and seeing his project through.
A side comment aimed at those attacking posters who criticise or express their dislike of this series — relax, I say: can you imagine living in a world in which everyone liked what you like just as much as you do? That would be a kind of hell.
It's about retaining an objectivity about art - and the critics here suggest seem to be unskilled hacks.
NancyP: These appear to be New Age Travellers. In the USA, the New Age / old hippie opt-outs tend to be settled, and come together for festivals, generally involving consumption of a large amount of weed.
where can I sign up?
dark goob: Cool subject. Crappy photos. I mean, really, these aren't that good. Why is DPReview putting this up here? Did the photographer pay you?
Yes Shengji, there's a pattern develpoing. Hate the photos, can't take a decent one - kind of like photographic constipation.
linux99: There is an utterly sickening level of racism splashed on the set of comments below to these pictures.
If all the pictures do is make people think on that they have served a real purpose.
I've travelled in Romania. The views polluting this thread are widely held in central and eastern Europe and at least some of those espousing them here are of that ilk. I worked with a Hungarian PhD student once who was no different - nice person, objectionable opinions.
stevens37y: They are mostly not real (etnic) gypsies only the lifestyle.
What are you looking for - a gold star for correct interpretation of the word 'new'?
Alesad: First of all, sorry for my English, this is not my first language, hope my point is understendable anyway.
Hope you guys are joking. This work is wonderful!
The author didn't want to show misery and pain (although “It’s a hard life,” he says). People in the pics are no traditional gypsies, but a tribe that CHOOSE to live this way.It's more about lifestyle than about etnical heritage.In fact he refers to they subjects as "Dickensian punks, who travel the English countryside in horse-drawn caravans".
Quoting the author " a group of rag-tag teenage rebels who had abandoned the city for the country, living out of double-decker buses. "
Hey, of course it's not the same stuff as other works involving the gypsy people. (They are not)There is even a pic of the supermodel Kate Moss in there, dressed like one of them. So enjoy this wonderful work, think about this romantic and fashinating lifestyle, and why not: enjoy even the aesthetics of this wonderful world.
Gusda, we heard you before - move on now laddie.