I’m heading to Oregon today for over a week. I’m going to get in some much needed alone time with my camera, along with visiting friends and family. I’m not taking my computer, so I can disconnect a little bit and relax in nature, so the blog posts may be few and far between. I do have a featured iPhoneographer scheduled for later in the day.
I’m posting now because I just read this great article by Alex Mody that I really connected with. It sounds like he and I have been going through similar things lately. I recommend giving it a read 🙂
Today, the landscape photographer’s Internet can be a difficult place to spend time. It is plastered with eye-catching, ridiculously-saturated, lazily-composed, and sometimes dishonestly-falsified imagery that receives an insane quantity of likes, comments, favorites, pluses, or whatever else exists on the growing number of social media outlets these images appear in. It almost defies logic how viewers all across the globe just can’t seem to get enough of what you or I may consider to be a very poor photograph.
As expected, in a relatively insular community such as landscape photography, any significant change is going to meet its share of criticism. Plenty of photographers write about their experiences playing the blame game–pointing their fingers at who or what they identify as the cause for this perceived evil, and plenty of others write about how desperately we must resist this change. While I don’t disagree with certain parts of these viewpoints, I can say that they are not terribly constructive, and that I am so, so, SO tired of reading, writing, and hearing them. Images will not stop becoming more saturated and contrasted than they used to be, new post-processing techniques will continue to be taken even further, and the Internet will be sure to deliver the bottom of the crop to our screens whenever we ask it to. These changes aren’t going anywhere, and I don’t think it is a very good idea to remain in denial of, or be angry about them.