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

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
ROC124 Contributing Member • Posts: 785
Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

Brev00 wrote:

I get the feeling from this quote that the buyers are not referring to all digital photography but a type of digital photography that they have grown to dislike.  Not knowing other types of digital photography, they developed a bias from some negative experiences and expect all digital photography to be this way.  What way this is exactly is not really described in detail and I have a sense we may be jumping to conclusions as to what these people do not like.  It may not be sharpness or detail, per se, but a sense of clutter and poorly composed details.  Perhaps they have seen some overly processed hdr's or other types of images that are heightened and saturated so as to break the connection with reality.  It can be difficult for me to let the image speak for itself without adding too much stuff.   I am just guessing that it is not digital photography they object to, but overly processed versions of it.  The op presented natural images processed with a light touch and received praise as film-worthy, high praise from these folks.

I think this is exactly right. The same folks might have different comments in a larger market with more diversity of photographic styles available. OTOH they might be responding to the huge number of digital images around today, not just those in galleries, many of which have been heavily processed in some way, whether through Instagram, in-camera "Art" filters, background textures or just highly saturated OOC jpegs. Just my view, but it seems like these techniques are often used to disguise  inherently mediocre images.

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