Curious Frame exists for you the readers. It is fabulous when people are involved in the dialogue and with so many different opinions about what photography means to us. Let the dialogue continue!
Hi Leanne, long time without writing about my photographic curiosities… I think what’s been calling my attention the most in the current photography exposed mainly on social photo platforms, I mean Instagram and Flickr, is the amount of photos that go up daily, street photography especially becoming a craze, a fad.
The fact that everyone carries a lens in their pocket, I won’t call a phone a camera, contributes a lot to this and I would sincerely like to know Cartier-Bresson’s opinion, if he were alive among us, about this photographic boom of street photography.
I especially call this trend of abuse in the reflected images, as if they were layers and more layers, making it very difficult to read the photo. It seems to me that the harder it is to read the photo, the more success and likes it gets.
Another fact that’s been going through my head a lot is if this huge amount of photos we’ve been seeing is being good or bad for photography? I already touched on this subject in a previous issue, but this is a subject that I think about again and again and I don’t even know if I have a formed opinion about it, because if on the one hand I think it’s positive, on the other I think it can come to trivialize the image and its artistic importance.
How many questions I’ve been asking and I don’t even have answers to them, do you have?
I’m always waiting for answers in your numbers of Curious frame, which I always read with great pleasure.
Leanne, I’ll stop here, hoping that what I write will help you create Curious Frame for us.
Warm hugs from Brazil!
Thank you so much my photog friend in Brazil! You are of course, asking the same questions about photography that I’m attempting to address here in Curious Frame.
It is through dialogue that we are able to come to some kind of consensus what it all means. Perhaps it will be written in 50 years in primers on photography. Sometimes we only truly understand through hindsight.
Regardless, photography has become perhaps the most important and not fully understood medium in our days.
One of the biggest problems with social media is the lack of dialogue. So often it is more like a monologue. All you need to do is hit reply in your email! Easy.