Category: Thoughts

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Art & Freedom

The passage below is from “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind“.
I find it pertinent to our times as it seems it’s become very common to consider Art something that doesn’t need rules.

[…] perfect freedom is not found without some rules. People, especially young people, think that freedom is to do just what they want, that in Zen there is no need for rules. But it is absolutely necessary for us to have some rules. But this does not mean always to be under control. As long as you have rules, you have a chance for freedom. To try to obtain freedom without being aware of the rules means nothing. It is to acquire this perfect freedom that we practice zazen.

What is photography?

Trying to answer this question is obviously challenging. I’m not approaching the task with the assumption to wind up with an ultimate answer at the end of the journey. In fact, I don’t even think it’s fundamental to come up with a definitive conclusion, most likely all the opposite. As with any journey, we can learn more as we go through it than at the end of it. There are things we learn during the transition that can definitely enrich us, regardless of the outcome.

Each time I asked myself what is photography, my mind started wandering on territories like art, techniques, technology, truth, society, medium: can a photograph represent the truth? Is it OK to use Photoshop to manipulate a photograph? How much manipulation is enough? How has photography changed after social media? Is photography art? What is art in the first place?

Photography as a currency exchange

Considered how photography is being experienced, with a consequent loss of value, it also occurred to me that more than a loss, there’s been a mutation of that value into something different, a substantial change since the system has changed itself.

The main use of social media like Instagram are mostly to grow hordes of followers, therefore the real objective is not photography itself but the numbers of followers. There are a few techniques to help the process, though the main attraction is still the images that people post.

The day Social Media killed Photography

I’ve been wondering for quite a while now whether I should keep my Flickr account or not. One of the reasons why I didn’t close it yet, it is because going on Flickr, and seeing what others were doing, made me feel I had to push and work harder in order to improve.

Slowly this feeling vanished, and yet I thought after all it is a place where to compare with others’ works and also an opportunity to have my work out there.
Now, as far as the compare thing goes, there’s no reason to have a Flickr account. I can simply look at Flickr’s galleries without necessarily having one. Or better, go to an actual gallery and see real printed photos. For what concerns having my work on a social media gallery, there isn’t much reason either really. What would be the point? Let’s do a quick analysis.

Streets of Los Angeles and a side note on picture perfection

This is a challenging city for who wants to take photos in an urban environment, or maybe not, depending on what the photographer is looking for. Still, it’s kind of a unique place. One may find similarities between, say, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and so forth, but not with LA.

Distances are really something here. You can see a lot of cars, but not a lot of pedestrians. And even the streets, which you would expect filled by cars, suddenly might look empty.

Another blog about photography? Not really

It seems that lately, anyone with a website and a photo gallery needs to have a blog and share techniques, tips, and their own point of view about Photography.
I followed several of these bloggers, read many articles, went through the comments and almost every time I did it, I felt disappointed, annoyed, discouraged (and of course it’s totally OK if you have the same reaction as you read this).