You know what?
I?m on this really fantastic photo-sharing site. I mean it?s
awesome. But there are some things that kinda bug me about it. I can?t really
say anything in any forums, because there?s the whole censure thing &
getting kicked out of groups & offending people & upsetting others
& so on & so on. But you know what? Catharsis I think. Isn?t that what
a blog is all about?
So, I have contacts, friends, am in a bunch of groups where
I post my photos where relevant, check out others & I take a whole pile of shots with a
bunch of different cameras & lenses. Last month I took over 800. I only
post the good ones, or at least, the ones I think are worthy of posting.
Before I start my rant, let me say that there are a ton of
extremely talented photographers on the web site. There are some amazing shots, lots of them, lots too that are acknowledged by their peers. I am humbled by their greatness...BUT there are some really shit shots out there. Real crap you know? Garbage. Crapola. Stuff anyone could
take with an instamatic camera. Although there are some great shots with camera phones, fantasitic composition, but there's alot of no talent stuff. Household snaps...mediocre snaps, you know? It's a real melting pot.
That said, some mediocre stuff has become a popularity
contest. How much talent does it take to point an automatic camera at a flower
& press a button? (Yes, I?ve done it!) There are thousands of these shots
on this site. There are a TON of groups dedicated to this type of shot. It appears this type of shot is
immensely popular. Some are worthy, but many are completely banal yet get hits & comments
galore. I guess it's a soft spot for alot of folks. BUT, no matter the subject, why do many
mediocre shots in ANY category get hundreds of hits & dozens of
comments? Why do absolutely brilliant
shots (hundreds of others I?ve seen by other photographers), perfectly
executed, fantastic composition, amazing subject matter, awesome results, get few
hits or comments? Don?t get me wrong; I?ve had my share of successes. But a
virus is diluting merit.
Little knots of individuals that cater to each other?s photo streams regardless
There was a ?contest? a short while ago, where people were
?recognized? (by what critical body? I don?t know?In case you were wondering I
was nominated in two of the dozens & dozens of categories but I withdrew
from the contest because of all the bullshit) for ?excellence? in their field.
Well, it became a heyday. Some folks were actively trolling for votes, others
gratuitously voted for their friends, and in one case I know of, someone was
forcibly removed from the voting process because of their dissenting opinions.
Now THAT?S democracy!
I think that happened in Germany in the 1930s.
But the real thorn here is the clique. It kinda reminds me
of high school. If you?re not in the ?in? group?forget about being
Many talented photographers, are being ignored. Don?t get me wrong, I?m in my own little ?clique? I suppose, with folks who
enjoy my shots & regularly comment or look, & I look and comment on theirs with great regularity but that doesn?t stop me from
ranting about the phenomenon?
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