Here are a bunch of mini-rants. None of these are worth a full blown rant, but just some mildly annoying things about contemporary photography. I am old enough now that I can be crotchety without guilt.
If you want to show me your photographs show me good craft. Please don't show me out of focus, blurred and faded photographs made at “the indecisive moment.” I would like to know that you know you are “breaking the rules” and are not just completely clueless and sloppy about photography. Before you decide to color outside the lines, show me you can color inside the lines. Then, afterwards, you can color outside the lines only when such rule breaking supports your predetermined artistic intent.
Show me something I haven’t seen before. If I have already seen it (and I probably have) show it to me in a way that is new or different. Be creative. Isn’t that the function of an artist? You can do your compulsories and homage all you like. We all do them, but some photographs should not be shared. Show the world something different.
Show me something positive. I want to see something that shows goodness. Have you ever stopped to take notice that so many photographic projects concentrate on what’s wrong instead of what’s right with the world? Chris Burkett’s success as a photographer is based on the premise that people want to “own” a view of a beautiful place. There is something magic about beauty that calms the mind and soul.
A bunch of mini- rants does the same thing. I feel better now.