There was a mild flutter in the DS hen coop last week. Seems film director’s Wim Wenders’ opinion that phone photography had sucked the life out of “real” photography, leaving it for dead, yet here he was seeking new nomenclature to describe this art.
That said, he did admit to using a phone camera and even taking selfies, “…but that’s not photography.”
He admits to loving Polaroids, but contends that the main issue is that no-one looks at phone pictures any more – as if most phone shooters did at some time in the past. “They certainly don’t make prints,” he adds.
No surprises there.
He claims that filters, effects and image manipulation apps make the situation worse, while according to Wenders, the reality is much more Calvinistic; “I know from experience that the less you have, the more creative you have to become.”
“Photography was invented to be a more truthful testimony of our world than painting, but it’s not linked to the notion of truth any more.”
So, if you want to join in this billion-a-day habit, you have to use technologically ancient tools, to ensure purity in your art?
“I’m in search of a new word for this activity that looks so much like photography, but isn’t photography any more. Please let me know if you have a word for it.”
Wenders’ claims made me wonder whether he’s short of visibility for his “real” work, or maybe just needs a new roof on his home. Either way, he’s in severe danger of joining the long list of it was better in the past mopers.
Really? You seriously think this was preferable?
No Mr Wenders, I’m guessing that you’re probably also a member of the Flat Earth society, whine at the discrepancies between analog and digital hi-fi, mourn the transition from film to digital and probably also want to ensure the Brits don’t outlaw analogue clocks.
What next? Bemoaning the loss of the petrol and diesel engines as in the real world we swoosh around in our clean, efficient and silent electric cars?
No doubt, there are some diehards who will continue to mourn the loss of the past. The rest of us will get on and enjoy our new-found creative freedom and ability to shoot (and manipulate) fantastic images any time, anywhere and any place and display them (albeit briefly) on the Internet forum of our choice.
This week’s images were shot in Cape Town’s Bo Kaap district using a Fuji X-H1 and my 25mm Biogon (sorry Pascal). In the main, they were intended to be fun and manipulated to reflect the same intent.
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