With museum images, it is important that the artifact stand out—not the photographer. As a freelance photographer, I spend my time shooting, showing my portfolio or exploring new ways to work the light. Picked up a new softbox to create just the right amount of soft, but revealing, quiet light. I’m happy with the results.
A fuzzy image of a box full of puppies created with a pinhole device will always have a deeper emotional impact when compared to an 8×10 view camera “fine arts” silver gelatin print of a pile of kelp lying on a foggy beach outside of Carmel.
Half the world now carries an image-creating device at all times. Never before have so many people, from around the world, participated in such a massive subliminal collective visual cultural shift that transcends all that has existed before. I’m not talking about a temporal past relegated to an awareness of visual perceptions from 100 years ago.
I’m overwhelmed by the immeasurable number of images which have cascaded over the sheer edge of this collective visual surreality in the past 10 seconds.
Sunday morning I posted a group picture from a class reunion on FB that immediately listed the names of four people in the picture via face recognition. One of the people lives in Brazil and is not even on FB.
I’m just sayin’.