|Michigan Harvest. David Hayes, 2013|
This has been coming for some time actually. I gave myself a taste of it in August. Pulled back...didn't post. Looked...relooked at different ways. Liked what I saw, yet the more I saw, the less I liked...
I've become disenchanted with the increasing "eliteism" and "snobbery" surrounding iphoneography. It's gotten to the point that unless you use certain apps a certain way...or a particular iDevice...that you can't be a member of this tribe. And if you dare think about using any "other" digital technology to create an image...you can't play! All well and good...but I don't want to be a part of this anymore.
Digital technology has made photography the most democratic of all arts. Being of the old school who still loves the smell of fix, I think this is absolutely the way it should be. The flip side to this is the fact that this very same technology has given everyone an easy way to share their "reality" with everyone else...whether you want to see it or not. Have you taken a hard look at the "stats" on the various social sharing sites? The amount of images downloaded everyday is mind boggling!
I am also troubled about the increasing monetarizing of our images by the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and others. One one side, I do believe we should have to "pay to play" yet the fact that I have no choice on how/what/where my images will be used is unsettling.
I guess where I'm going with all of this is that I have decided to slowly let go of all the usual and popular avenues...and to seek out places that are more meaningful and relevant to where myself and my art is going. And perhaps a little less crowded. Should be interesting...I hope you come along for this part of my journey!