I feel like an old man whenever I think about modern photography and the culture around the ideas we are creating. Not old in the sense of following logic and traditional story telling methods - we're way past that now - but I feel overwhelmingly underwhelmed with useless imagery.
I am going to give you a run down of a standard day of daily consumption. When you wake up your phone tells us the time and with a bit of luck you don't start work in 30minutes or were well late. You check Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and eventually Tinder. And like all apps designed to give you instant visual pleasure it takes a lot of images to fill you up. It is a bit like waking up and stuffing yourself with really hollow and badly tasting donuts - but they looked good initially. Nothing is really gained from this experience as we wake up.
I make breakfast, cycle to work and never remember anything that I consumed that morning. Actually, I think my breakfast was more memorable.
<i>(Interestingly what intrigues me is Tinder's role in all of this. It seems we have now managed to make people a commodity too, as well as images of our 'so called lives'.)</i>
I intended to make a break from social platforms last week but I realized very very quickly that is is near impossible. The image overload when you have a smart phone by your side everyday is overwhelming. You can see everything and everybody's business because it is published as public information. Even your own life is known to everybody. This is somewhat disconcerting.
I need to talk with people to organize a social life or write something about photography. It is generally impossible to leave these social platforms unless you venture off to live in a cave for a few years.
I have been floating about the Tumblr stratosphere for sometime now and I generally always look concerned when I am doing this. Not quite sure why I am putting myself in a position to witness this dumbing down of photography. A dressing down so to speak. The platform is now dictating the content through positive appraisal.
Line up if you want to be famous/known for an extended period of time is what these platforms may as well be saying.
The popular work is not always the most engaging. I would apologise for saying this but I can't believe it if I did.
This is something that is hard to tell your 19-20-21 year old self when you first saw platforms of wonder grow from supposed fountains of promise.
Their influence is infectious and we want a piece of the virtual pie. I understand this feeling to be needed and wanted, loved through silent critics. Do they think anymore or do we just use power to dictate taste?
I have a feeling that this inter connectivity we are speaking about with our efforts with Instagram and Tumblr leave us a little stupid and we no longer need to work for any meaning anymore - nor do we even need to comment. We just like, tap and reblog, but never really smile in the process - unless its a well funny dog
* We like what looks good and without the aesthetic it appears unsuccessful and this is a concern for me.
** We are turning photography into a popularity contest and photographic practice is morphing into one large archive that comments on aesthetics and colour over content and context.
*** Photographers need a break from social platforms so we can take time to focus on worth while imagery.
**** How successful is an Instagram takeover really?
These are just a few questions I have around this idea? What do you think?