Is this an unfair stereotype ?

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JimKasson
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Re: FishChris, sorry I haven't responded sooner...

wuzup wrote:

Interesting take.

It makes me think, yet once again about the entry point to creating a meaningful photograph. As photographers we have to deal with the machine to make the work. We can't make a photograph (unless we go Man Ray on it) without the camera. Then we have the expression issue... what is it we want to say and share with others. So, who's on first?

I agree that the struggle is not gear at all. You just buy the gear, read the manual and the forums, etc. The real struggle comes in other forms. I mentioned Man Ray above as the photographer because he made photographs without a camera at all. So has Wolfgang Tillmans, of our own times.

Here's someone else who makes great images with no camera:

http://www.synecdochestudio.com/html_files/itones_thumbs.html

And here are some images where the camera plays only a small role:

https://huntingtonwitherill.com/enigmata

And here's a set where the camera only provides the jumping-off point:

https://huntingtonwitherill.com/photo-synthesis

Note that in all of the above examples, the images are heavily processed, but the tonality and color -- where there is color --  is subtle.

Jim

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