Just figured I would explain, since I sometimes take for granted y’all know what I am talking about. Also, some background on exactly (?) what postmodernism is.
Also, as you can probably tell, I am infatuated with the Social Science & Humanities Building on our campus. We also call it the Death Star.
I saw the Gap Tumblr ad w/ the portraits. Meh. Then I read the copy and laughed.
"We searched the globe for emerging artists who live in their truth.”
Sound bitter? That is for others to judge.
However, I find it sad that a corporation like Gap spends so much time, energy, and money to sell their product by shaping how we see art and who should be labeled “an artist,” especially when Gap is using the artists’ looks as the main metric of each individuals’ artistic truth. I say this because none of the portraits include any evidence of the artists’ preferred format or their work or how they are “artists who live in their truth.” Well, each of their names links to their Webpages, but, you know what I mean. Then there is the question of who judged these creative folks work and lifestyles and what-not.
Of course, Gap is not completely responsible for this sort of warped ART salesmanship. This sort of hyperbolic packaging is precisely what the ART industry does too, dictating what is ART and what ARTists look like and how they behave, which is really the problem. Let us not forget that, according to the ART industry, each creation must have “a meaning.”
Meantime, I will keep creating and enjoying my art. I feel lucky that it is appreciated by others who share the same journey of growth and self-expression, of creating images that move others.
Hell, I am ecstatic when someone says one of my pictures is pretty.
Well no offence, but Picasso didn’t paint women as he saw them. He wasn’t a photo realist. The same applies to my photography. I’m creating art not a documentary record of the landscapes I see. Ansel Adams, the father of landscape photography, pretty much edited everyone of his photographs and pioneered dodge and burn as an art form, so I’m not sure where you are getting your philosophies from. Right and wrong are irrelevant in art.
This deserves a re-blog. Anonymous tries to get pretentious (I guess that’s why they went Anon?) and insult one of the most talented photographers on Tumblr, and gets shut the fuck down.
"Key philosophies of landscape photography" - LOL. Where do people get this stuff?
Some people haven’t realized yet that taking photos is manipulate reality.
First and foremost, love freddie-photography's response, especially that Picasso analogy.
As some of us have discussed offline, even the choices of where to stand to take the photo and what settings to use are a manipulation of “reality,” manipulations that can be replicated but will never result in an exact replica of the original capture. Also, the only photographic paradigm that frowns on post manipulation is photographic journalism, since those images are supposed to be as objective a representation of what happened as possible. (I could go on a tangent about how this concept is itself positivist, self-aggrandizing bullshit, but I will not.) Yet, even in photo journalism, I would say there are still culturally shaped emotional influences at play, since good journalist photographers know what to photograph and when, and if they get the time to think about it, they know how to frame their subject in the most effective, emotionally compelling way possible.
Bottom line: Just have fun with this shit and fuck all the pretentiousness, which is so often just a security blanket that protects the pretentious from their fear of failure.
I do disagree w/ Mr. Ardley re “right and wrong are irrelevant in art,” though. Here are suggestions about the “right” things to do, a list of suggestions that can be easily tailored for personal preference and priorities:
__Imitate the photographs you like.
__Reach out to fellow photographers/artists for support of your own work and learn to support and encourage them in their work. Oh, and always gratefully acknowledge the support you get.
__Learn the culture and language of the type of photography you love, and eventually you will develop your own style.
__Read Stephen King’s On Writing, at least the part about how he learned his craft, and then apply that shit to your own photographic endeavors.
__As with writing, learn how to “read” and edit others’ work and then apply that shit to your own work. This means learning to see your own work like it was someone else’s and also means you may eventually learn to love your work like it was someone else’s, too.
__Get inspired by writing, music, food, sex, good conversation, food, sex, and community. And movies and TV shows and food and sex.
__Get inspired by lots of shit that may not even have diddly-squat to do with photography.
__Have I mentioned you should get inspired by food and sex?
__Laugh at yourself. Lots.
__Shit, just have fucking fun, y’all.
__Finally, just kick ass, even if sometimes the ass you need to kick is your own.
Although the new url was in the text of the donation post this morning this is just a reminder if you missed that.
Lensblr-network.com is our new url and domain name. Lensblr-network.tumblr.com will be redirected to the site as well. Lensblr.com no longer works!
This change was neccessary because we had no ability to renew the old domain name.
Cpleblow, Editor in Chief