I always felt the Internet should be neutral, yet, I can actually understand peoples desire to have a two or three tiered data system. Before the Internet in the 20th century, there were wire services, which charged a few wealthy clients a lot of money to provide accurate news and information in the shortest time possible. This model blew apart, the best example is the use of photographic and video images that anyone with a working finger can blast off and send all sorts of data to social media – or even Google glass and the ability to make a visual timeline of your day, hour, life....i guess that is why when i see a good photo, or art created out of photos, my hat goes off to the person that took the time to think about it.
Another astounding feat is just a few years ago, more photo's were created in one year, than in the entire history of all photography combined (if you need me to find the research, let me know) When i scan upon what images are out there - It simply mean there were a lot of people out taking bad images, with really nice cameras who might have a copy of photoshop and then manipulate an image where the first rule of photojournalism is "don't alter it."
I am pondering “where is technology” and our way of life heading in the developed and developing worlds the past week. I have no shortage of ideas of what is possible, but I wonder about the digital trash of the planet. How and when will it be cleaned up? what will the effect be upon people singularly, as well as in groups.
There is nothing wrong with a few images to invoke memories of people, place and experiences in ones life, but do you need all of them? while i backup all the iphone images, i purge rather quickly while i try to get one great image in my life that i will make a print of and probably be bored when it is on a wall because i will know better is the evil twin of "good enough."
Where and when did the switch go off where the idea of living ones life on some stage of sorts happens? Years ago I was in Los Angeles having a conversation with a young lady that wanted to be an actress at another function that was just like every other function and table setting – just the name and the color/theme was changed.
I asked, “Why do you want to be an actress.” In my mind, I thought she was going to express her interest to create, craft, and work with stage & film, stretching her boundaries and skills of art of stagecraft.
Her response perhaps should have been a red flag to me with the future of the times to come.
She gushed, “I just want to have people take my picture.”
Copyright of detail in image chris jordan - the story of the size/scale/talent of this wonderful artist can be found at http://www.bu.edu/sustainability/chris-jordan-photography/ thank you for making me smile with your talent.