fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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Aroart: I have never once looked at a photograph and said I wonder if a male or female took the picture... Art has no Sex, Race, or Gender.. The only time I think its necessary is if the client or model would prefer a female in a case sensitive situation..

@bobbarber Because your example was specifically on covering a political event I assumed you were suggesting that the photographers political opinion would sway their perspective and therefore affect what kinds of photos they would take. If that wasn't your intention then I'm not sure why you mentioned Trump.

You're right about me stuffing up the logic. For starters almost 40% of eligible voters did not vote. In the bin my stats go.

The only predetermined conclusion I have is that we humans tend to behave a lot more similarly than we give ourselves credit for. I do believe that most gender differences imposed (either externally or on ones self) by traditional stereotypes in the Western world are compensated for by other factors in society.

To me, minimising discrimination won't come from forcing an equal split or offering a counter solution. It will come from recognising the individual on their character and letting them freely choose the options that shape their lives.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 19:37 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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Aroart: I have never once looked at a photograph and said I wonder if a male or female took the picture... Art has no Sex, Race, or Gender.. The only time I think its necessary is if the client or model would prefer a female in a case sensitive situation..

@bobbarber
'50 male photographers and 50 female photographers are sent to cover Trump, with identical instructions. Do they come back with the same photos? I'm not so sure.'

Are you suggesting that there is an overwhelming disparity between male and female opinion of Trump?
Assuming the election stats correlate to public opinion...
He received 42% of the female vote and 49% of the male vote.
7% difference of opinion between genders. So theoretically 3.5 out of those 50 women would take photos differently to the male group. (correct me if my math is wrong)

I'd say factors like personality, health and timing/circumstance would result in more of a difference between photographers than gender would.

Just my thoughts.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 06:48 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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noflashplease: I really can't embrace any sort of gender exclusionary hiring or commerce, and this online listing site is, by definition, gender exclusionary. This isn't a progressive idea, just an exact mirror image of traditional patriarchy.

The site itself is a mess in terms of coding. It just doesn't display in Firefox, which is inexcusable.

The displayed works are of generally poor quality, with typically poor compositions and heavy handed post processing, although the exploitative subject matter is uniquely deplorable. You have photos that exploit people with disabilities, most notable a number of fetishistic amputee photos. Other photos exploit poverty, without any discernible respect for the subjects.

@ Samuel C

So you threw the following accusation at me -

'You have a wonderfully innocent and naive view of cultural pressure on children, reinforcing gender norms'

After commenting to noflashplease with -

'Women have different aesthetics, are interested in different subjects, and see the world differently?'

So which is it? Are you for, or against reinforcing gender norms? Is it bad when you think someone else is doing it, while perfectly fine when you want to use it to to push a narrative? Because right now you're looking like the personification of hypocrisy.

ps. The gender norms I glossed over were from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency - They weren't my opinion.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 06:09 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

'Yeah, my sister posting pictures of her dog on Facebook is the same as a woman publishing images documenting world events '

I didn't say it's the same, but you're drawing that connection to fuel your perception of the issue. Again, is there any study showing that one gender uses Instagram or Flickr for non professional photography more than the other?

If you keep basing your argument on pure conjecture, you're not going to prove anything to anyone.

Here's an example of fact based logic and reasoning with a cited example, to show you how to make a valid point.

A list recipients of Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism in 2012 which certainly isn't white straight male dominated. The Journalist of the Year Award went to a woman.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/top-honours-for-fairfax-journalists-20120810-23zrb.html

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 05:49 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

'This discussion is access to jobs. It's about being valued professionally, and equally at that.'

If you read the official Workplace Gender Equality Agency (Australian) study here:
https://www.wgea.gov.au/sites/default/files/Gender_Pay_Gap_Factsheet_final.pdf
It tells you that most of the gender workplace differences are due to personal and societal reasons rather than discrimination. ie. Decisions that the employee makes, not the employer.

And the study I linked to, and pretty much every similar study I've seen doesn't actually calculate the wage gap by comparing like for like roles. So your following statement -

'And getting paid to do same jobs others of respected status are doing, at the same rate.'

- is also moot unless you can cite a report that compares the same roles between genders.

Fact: It's illegal for employers (in developed countries anyway) to pay someone differently based on gender. If these studies actually revealed that you'd be seeing employers getting fined.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 05:20 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

'So your position is' -

My position is that there are more females than males on 2 of the most popular photography sharing websites in the world. That was to counter the following statement from the interview -

'It's about making sure that the people in charge of visually documenting our diverse, complex world are diverse themselves. We can't look at everything through a predominantly white, male gaze'

Well.. according to stats we are looking through a predominately female gaze online.

'They are very active on websites with free access to anyone'

No excuse that they aren't being let into some special club then... the sites let members on without discrimination so that is a real world sample on ratios. It's fact. Not a personal opinion.

'very easily ignored by even those they "friend" or who "follow."'

There is nothing to suggest that this happens to females more than males. Unless you can cite a study that shows it, it's a moot point that you didn't need to bring up.

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 04:54 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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kotepum: In a nutshell:
Oh those pesky white males... gotta stand up to them because... uhm.. diversity!!

The last paragraph tries to promote diversity but ends up both racist and sexist.

@ Samuel C
The thing is a whole bunch of people are wising up to the thought process and methodology required to achieve (or get close to) equality.

We can see that a lot of others who champion social causes end up unknowingly doing so to the detriment of that very cause. It's called cognitive dissonance.

We know they mean well, but it annoys us because they don't seem to be aware of how to actually achieve what they want. They just keep pointing out issues and pushing in the least efficient direction to try and reach their goals.

The definition of Social Equality here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_equality
show that the words voiced in the interview are discriminatory

while stats found here
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231970
will show you that females outnumber males on Flickr and Instagram.

So there's no need to keep pushing for equal representation because females are already past that point. All the pushing is doing now is making it worse for equality.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2017 at 23:53 UTC
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falconeyes: It should be noted that this isn't entirely retro-driven.

E.g., the Adox CMS 20 II B&W film ( http://www.adox.de/Photo/adox-films-2/cms-20-ii-adotech-ii ) resolves closer to 500MP with a capable full frame lens and does still beat any digital FF out there (in terms of resolution).

It is a bit expensive but I gave it a try a couple of years ago. I had to inspect the test charts under a microscope because no scanner could resolve this much detail (20,000 dpi). And I was blown away by what I saw (400 lp/mm). I could literally wander around in detail within an area otherwise covered by a single digital 12MP pixel.

'The reason Rodinal was used (mostly by news people) was that they knew exactly the results it would produce.'
Aha.. the news agency reference makes sense now.
The versatility and reliability of the developer at the expense of the sharpness (which isn't that important for a newspaper output anyway)

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 22:09 UTC
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DanielFjall: Everyone should at least have one simple 35mm film camera in their bag. Or try shooting a roll in a day.

'substance and depth' ---> 'niche requirements'

So sad to hear someone say that. But hey, more film for me.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 02:47 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)
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fmian: Reinforcing peoples differences by enforcing diversity won't give you equality. It just quietly perpetuates prejudice.

I can prove otherwise Robert.
The very words people use to champion their cause often undermines it.
Certainly not everyone is like this, but the vast majority are oblivious to it, and the affects it has on open minded children.

''reduce the privileges of the straight white male'
^^^
An absolutely abhorrent statement. The cycle of hate and misunderstanding will only revolve with incompetent words like this. Is it what you would teach your children in regards to how they should treat their friends?

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 00:30 UTC
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photo099: I am more on side of those who stuck with film since till today they saved a horrendous amount of money ...
I have personally spent close to 100K money which is gone as well as technology I have paid for ... and the race goes on ...
When I look back and I see tradeshow image from 35mm film image being enlarged into 12 x 9 feet hmm what can I say ... than ADOX is right on the money ... I think, that I am going to dust off my Hassy film backs ...

@ Mr Bolton:
Same day service here in Sydney from a variety of places.
I had my last roll of C-41 developed, scanned and dropboxed to me.
If I ask real nice I can get my colour neg film + prints back in an hour.
If one in patient, there isn't much inconvenience.

Link | Posted on Feb 23, 2017 at 00:27 UTC
On article Women Photograph is a directory of female photographers (218 comments in total)

Reinforcing peoples differences by enforcing diversity won't give you equality. It just quietly perpetuates prejudice.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 03:33 UTC as 29th comment | 4 replies
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photo099: I am more on side of those who stuck with film since till today they saved a horrendous amount of money ...
I have personally spent close to 100K money which is gone as well as technology I have paid for ... and the race goes on ...
When I look back and I see tradeshow image from 35mm film image being enlarged into 12 x 9 feet hmm what can I say ... than ADOX is right on the money ... I think, that I am going to dust off my Hassy film backs ...

photo99, I've been saying it for ages.
Have spent about as much money as a 5D MKIII body when new and I have myself 20+ lenses and 7 bodies from 35mm to 6x9cm, and enough lab equipment for 3x darkrooms.
So when people say 'shooting on analog is too expensive' I kind of have to laugh.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 02:22 UTC
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DanielFjall: Everyone should at least have one simple 35mm film camera in their bag. Or try shooting a roll in a day.

For me, the pain in the a-r-s-e is taking a photo with a digital camera and them realising it will never look like the same photo taken on analog with my choice of emulsion/developer. No matter how much time you spend in Photoshop trying to make it look like it has substance and depth, it never does.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 02:13 UTC
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falconeyes: It should be noted that this isn't entirely retro-driven.

E.g., the Adox CMS 20 II B&W film ( http://www.adox.de/Photo/adox-films-2/cms-20-ii-adotech-ii ) resolves closer to 500MP with a capable full frame lens and does still beat any digital FF out there (in terms of resolution).

It is a bit expensive but I gave it a try a couple of years ago. I had to inspect the test charts under a microscope because no scanner could resolve this much detail (20,000 dpi). And I was blown away by what I saw (400 lp/mm). I could literally wander around in detail within an area otherwise covered by a single digital 12MP pixel.

'compared with TriX and Rodinol'
How do you find that combo?
I found it mushy and lacking in acutance.
Sold all my Kodak BW film after that point.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Might be the beggining of the end for Nikon.

bLAH BLAH blah Blah!!
That's what I'm hearing from you now.
Sort yourself out.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 22:33 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Might be the beggining of the end for Nikon.

Haha... you are just hilarious.
You're the one changing words here. I said 'good' and you relate it to 'really good' and point to cameras at some pinnacle. The first one they launched in 2010, the NX10, was a 'good' camera.
The rest of your comment just then is also a real eye opener to me, but it should be an even bigger eye opener to you. You are the one being insulted by your own lack of intelligence and poor comprehension. Go look in the mirror mate, and find a solution to that problem.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 22:11 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Might be the beggining of the end for Nikon.

You're not reading what I'm typing. You're responding to made up sentences based on preconceived notions in your head.

I said Samsung did not sell 'well'. And they didn't.

Also, a comparison between Nikon DSLR sales numbers and other branded mirrorless sales numbers is pointless in determining how well one company is doing. You can't draw valid conclusions across market segments like that.

You might as well claim that Ford is doing well because they sell more cars than Yamaha sells bikes (I don't actually know if they do or not, it's just a hypothetical)

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 03:57 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Might be the beggining of the end for Nikon.

Lol, I didn't know that but I was responding to you mentioning their 'current' gear which is still available to purchase. Regardless, their market share was still low even when the cameras were new.
I think Samsung taught us that a good camera doesn't necessarily mean it's going to sell well.

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 03:30 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: Might be the beggining of the end for Nikon.

Yet Nikon is selling less mirrorless cameras than Canon
Perhaps the majority of mirrorless users don't want what you think they want?
Or perhaps the brand value is more important than camera features in this segment?

Link | Posted on Feb 16, 2017 at 02:02 UTC
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