What's really important in photography...???

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Mark Scott Abeln
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“you must have a really good camera”

jbogie wrote:

How many times have you shown a photo you are really proud of to someone, and they say

wow you must have a really good camera. How does make you feel?

That happens to me all of the time. I just shrug it off, it is the common way that people think these days whether we like it or not.

This attitude is embedded deep in Western culture, perhaps primarily dating to the Enlightenment, where systems, laws, and technology are thought to be what delivers goodness. Therefore, good camera technology is what delivers good photography.

A much older view is that goodness comes from virtue, and that art is also a virtue: you can’t get good photography unless the photographer has the virtue (or talent) of being an artist. Likewise, good laws, systems, and technology can only happen if the people are virtuous, and so modern thinking has things backwards.

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