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Photography.55

General Photography Discussion

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{Photography.55.18}: Ed Hawco {ed1} Fri, 05 Mar 2004 11:53:27 CST (23 lines)

I have to say that to some extent I agree with Hockney. While it is
true that photography has always involved manipulation, it used to
involve some degree of craft, and the manipulation was in most cases a
"finishing" of an idea or an image that was already good and meaningful.

In writing, fiction can sometimes be more "truthful" than fact (as in,
it can touch higher-level truths), and photography also has that
ability when in the right hands.

However, my biggest problem with photography these days is that it is
so cheap and easy that we are bombarded with thousands and thousands
of essentially meaningless images every day. Advertising, web sites,
photo-blogs, magazines, etc. We're continuously hammered with visual
stimuli to the point that it all becomes something of a blur.

The result is that thoughtful, well-crafted photography is either lost
in the deluge, or when it is seen, it isn't really *looked at* because
we've lost the ability to look at an image for more than a few seconds.

There is very little thought or discourse put into the making of
photographs or the viewing of them. After a three-second viewing
they're declared either "nice" or "boring." That seems to be the
extent of it.

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