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Tips for artists who want to sell

Tips for artists who want to sell

John Baldessari, Tips For Artists Who Want To Sell (1966 – 1968)

Glad to see that the mind’s eye remains changed.

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Creativity Photography Quotes

Ansel Adams: Photography With Intention

Today, the mobile phone makes everyone a photographer. But how many people can create what they actually visualize in their head?

For Ansel Adams, what he saw in front of him was different than what he pictured in his mind’s eye. So he created the ‘zone system,’ allowing him to play with the aperture to achieve different hues of black and white.

Of course, he had to do all this before he even took the picture. Ansel Adams was applying filters before the Polaroid. Today, we can take any image and photoshop afterward to make it look like we want. We also have the luxury of sharing it immediately. But the abundance of photos drowns out great talent. Scarcity worked out in Adam’s favor.

Ansel Adams: Photography With Intention

Yet, Ansel Adams was excited about the future of what would become electronic photography. New mediums require new ways of thinking. But the photographic intention remains the same:

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

Ansel Adams
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Funny Photography Tech

Google street view mirror selfies

Google street view mirror selfies
Google street view mirror selfies
Google street view mirror selfies
Google street view mirror selfies

We’ve gone from the invention and proliferation of 15th century mirrors to human iPhone selfies, to the Google street view robot taking pictures of itself off mirrors.

Progress.

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Photography Quotes

‘Photography is a kind of virtual reality’

Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.

Steven Pinker

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Life & Philosophy Photography Writing

‘Life is a movie; death is a photograph’

“Life is a movie; death is a photograph.”

Susan Sontag, from her first published novel The Benefactor (1969)

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Arts Culture Photography Tech

Seen but diluted

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The proliferation of images undermines our ability to pay attention to any single one. So we keep skimming, scrolling, consuming more and understanding less; all the while contributing to the chaos to avoid missing out.

On top of this, all Instagram images tend to look the same. It’s easier to conform to selfies, food porn, and minimalism than it is to stand out in the shadows of weird.

Even the anti-conformist photos all look the same while the well-choreographed, awe-inspiring National Geographic pictures lose out to all the artistic sameness.

“We have come to a point in society where we are all taking too many photos and spending very little time looking at them.”

Om Malik

Our eyeballs fall into inanition–too tired to give particular attention to the images that deserve a closer look. Instagram dulls the senses in exchange for the nearest click outside in the ether.

Perhaps Huxley was right: we’re so inundated with screens and media pollution that even books with all the facts in the world start lose their discreteness.

We can forget the algorithmic filter that promises to save time by showing us the best stuff. We’re already lost at the risk of closeupness, in desperate need to relearn how to see.

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