Comments on: Is Photography Dead? The latest news about the top pixel wrangling application on the planet. Sat, 25 May 2013 08:41:56 +0000 hourly 1 By: djamesnm djamesnm Mon, 24 Dec 2007 00:34:17 +0000 Tut-tut, a new tool is on the horizon, allowing more access to more people, to express themselves. The author seems to be ready to jump back to a time where the click of a lens didn’t involve checking the rear of the camera to check the image, and in every household there was that overflowing box containing a few photographic gems and all to many cropped off heads and inexplicable shots of the ground at the photographers feet. Sister Wendy said it best, “Art never improves, it just changes” Forgive a long winded response, but there can be a different, more inclusive viewpoint of the digital revolution.
Art History showed that humanity has always created fiction with art, be it the Neolithic stone figurines of women for fertility rituals..assumed as it wasn’t likely to be a representation of women, but an ideal, to Bosch and others before and after creating terrifying worlds from their imagination, well before the Modernist era I’m sure you’d agree. Remember “The School of Athens” by Raphael? Even the dawn of photography shows that artistic fantasy was to be embraced, Oscar Rejlanders “The Two paths of Life” can be seen at the George Eastman House in Rochester the birthplace of the idea that photography was for everyone. Ansel Adams dodged and burned images into existence that, while structurally accurate, never existed in reality…that cross on the door in the New Mexico cemetery was most definitely NOT as bright as in the final print; an illusion to create an emotion?
Technology has merely made a creative outlet more accessible to the masses, what is good, fictional or fact is still up for debate.
So entropy has grabbed the reins of the creative impulses in all of mankind, and this is a bad thing how? Was it better to have the Big 3 Automobiles, or how well did creativity flourish with just 3 Big Networks?
Perhaps it’s that 1000 words no longer are enough to give to a picture, just maybe we need to insert 1 more, inclusion.