When I’m not shooting I am typically thinking about photography. Though I don’t do both at the same time. They are two entirely different activities.
I wonder what the value of a photograph is? This is a question that I may never have an absolute answer to. But I think it is an important one to consider.
Before the Digital Age, there seemed to be a sense that a photograph could hold an importance that it rarely holds now. The act of taking a photo almost seemed like magic. As if you could record an image that could be of importance to others.
Whether the image is one that is personal and includes friends or family, or that it has social, cultural or artistic significance, it could have a meaning when shared with others.
We now live in a world where it appears that everyone has Attention Deficit Disorder to some degree. We flip through photos at such an alarming rate that they begin to lose their value.
In fact we even go so far as to use the word ‘porn’ when talking about photos of food. Photos that are often designed to make us envious of the meal that someone else enjoyed.
So yes, the unavoidable masses of images that we see everyday have an a way of disrupting the photos that we choose to see as art rather than mass market consumption.
I don’t know how we avoid the mass market images. What I do know is that taking the time to really look at photography by photographers who practice it as an art can provide much satisfaction. You may need to seclude yourself in a gallery or private space to really enjoy photography. And yes, sometimes less really is more.