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Give me Passion!03/02/2014 - 8:03 PM
I would like to state here and now that I am about to make some gross generalisations and I make no apologies.
I have just recently imploded an image to EPZ my first in a very long time. After 10 years on and off this site I look at it like an old friend. Is it healthy?, is it enjoying life? so I pop in and look around. Today I spent longer than usual looking at thumbnail galleries, page after page opening up an image here and an image there. My overall feeling was one of sadness. Now the premiss of EPZ is, and always has been, to allow the individual to upload their photograph, they may wish to play the "like" game or seek out advice and fair criticism of their work that is their choose. I would like to think that EPZ and a few other sites out there who are no different were made for those with a passion for their craft. Unfortunately there is very little on evidence. Page after page of tedious photos that are no more or less than snapshots, poorly composed, badly lit and just a waste of space.
Over the years I have been away from this site technology has become such a must have item. We have compacts on a par with SLR's, and we have mobiles phones capable of taking stunning shots. We have never had so much technology at our disposal yet where is the passion gone. We have become a click and run society, everyones a photographer and we all feel the need to share.
Unfortunately viewing on EPZ today was like receiving junk mail, you have to wade through piles of it in the hope of receiving that special something worthy of taking notice of. Has photography become so disposable? on todays viewing I fear it has. To keep a certain amount of balance on my rants I came across a few images over a broad range of topics that that blew me away. They displayed everything I am talking about "Passion" . On viewing it you knew there was a certain amount of art or creative judgement going on, there was a love for the subject on show and it gave me a little hope.
I got rid of all my Fav list a long time ago to allow me the freedom to view each page on its own merits without any preconceived judgements, but it came as no surprise to find the same names cropping up time and again, old friends who have always had that Passion, and still have. Its never been about the gear you have, and those that know me well are aware of the fact I do not give a dam what camera or lens you use. As I have already mentioned tech has reached that point where we are literally splitting hairs on the merits of one make over another. There will always be reasons why one picks a certain kit over another, that is not the point, its the fact that all the technology is been used to produce such mundane mind numbingly poor photos that remain in the memory for a nano second.
This may not come across as very supportive and many may say that I should have the courtesy to at least advice the photographer who uploaded such a poor shot how they can improve it. Well, on the odd occasion I am happy to do so, but once more to be brutally honest, if the majority of so called photographers do not take the slightest interest to learn their craft even in the most basic sense, to look and appreciate art and photography thats around them, to put their brain in gear before the press the shutter and stop subjecting me to such dross I do not see the need to be the the least bit supportive of their efforts.