Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Photography is the new music industry and photoshop is the new soundboard.
Has anyone noticed the evolution of photography of the average person over the last half century? It seemed that at one point in time, people used to take photos of family, friends, occasions, holidays, what have you. But has anyone paid any attention to the average family/friend photo these days? It seems as if the average person has gone from the photographic style of trying to get a group shot of everyone together smiling or one or two people doing an activity to a more abstract and artistic way of capturing the moment. Dead serious. I'd say on average, most people who are not trained to be photographers or ever had any experience in the likes are starting to pick up this self-proclaimed photographer title and it is just remarkable. I'm not a photographer, but I'm an artist of sorts. I think fellow artists and photographers will totally know what I'm talking about. But for the amateur, look at your photos from the last 10 or 20 years, be it your own or family photos, or those of friends. Look at how the style has changed to a more abstract and artsy style. It's incredibly strange. I think in this sense, whenever a photographer sees ads on the web saying things like, "Got a good camera? Become a photographer and make cash now!" they cringe in pain, especially if they have an astronomical student loan debt and have learned all the skills and techniques to properly do things and there are people who simply take in light what they have spent years learning to do the proper way. Of course it could always be worse and have an amateur put in their two cents about a professional being OK when in actuality they probably don't have the knowledge to know all the efforts that have gone into making an "ok" photo. Thank God everybody is a photographer and seems to know what makes a good photo. I mean, forget talent. Photography is the new music industry and photoshop is the new soundboard.