"Part of what makes photography so interesting is the variety of work that is being produced, large parts of which are very hard to compare. The question is how to approach this situation? A simple solution would be to simply stick with what one already knows (and likes). This obviously directly leads to the various photography groupings and to, let’s say, street-photography fans dismissing abstract photography (or vice versa) for mostly shallow, uninformed reasons. If you’re into street or abstract photography and whatever else, and you really don’t want to look at something else, then, well, enjoy. You’re good to go. You’ll be happy in the internet forums of like-minded souls, those vast echo chambers of the same old, same old."
Lightleak Photo Group’s Holiday Extravaganza, Potluck, and Print Swap, 2013, B
Clockwise from lower left (George Kelly, Scott Binkley, Sam Slater, Lisa Gidley, Missy Prince, Chris Bennett, Bryan Wolf, Steve Rockoff, Faulkner Short, Loly LeBlanc)
Menu from my grandfathers motel/restaurant
"My advice to students is to work a lot and enjoy working. After a time the project will pick you. Work is also not just using the camera but researching, reading, asking questions, critiquing, etc. Practice. Improvisation. Evaluation. We call it work because it is not easy and doesn’t necessarily get easier. The reward of this is the many small and big discoveries that are outside of what one knows and what one would know by just thinking about it all. Bad days don’t mean bad pictures and vice versa - just keep going."
DON’T LET IDIOTS RUIN YOUR DAY
"Research has suggested that the sheer volume and lack of organization of digital photos for personal memories discourages many people from accessing and reminiscing about them,” says Ms. Henkel. “In order to remember, we have to access and interact with the photos, rather than just amass them."
"I wonder too. I have many friends who teach, and two of them who are teaching at art school told me the same story separately. They both said that this year was the worst they have had in their teaching career. They said that this is the first generation of students that they have had who are online all the time, even during class. They also noticed one other thing: when the students were presented with anything that had ambiguity or mystery to it, they had no idea what to do. That, to me, is really alarming. I find myself thinking that there seems to be less mystery now. I’m 38, and up until about five years ago, I always felt that there was a level of mystery that was really important and pleasing. Maybe that is just about learning the way the world works. It wasn’t disconcerting and scary, it felt good, but I feel that less and less. I feel like the Internet in some way is deleting mystery. Now you can always find the context for something: how many times have you been at a dinner party where a question is immediately answered by an Internet search?"
Well done sir, well done.