A Reflection about Being Mobile, Digital, Whatever
A Reflection about Being Mobile, Digital, Whatever by Fabs
Well, how can I start the first blog of a series?
Lets start with some context first.
I learned how to use a film camera circa 1990/1994.
Not that owning a camera and learning how to use it turns anyone into a photographer. By that time I was at university, studying fashion, so it was all about fashion photographers; Peter Lindebergh, Paolo Roversi, Mario Testino…Masters.
So, even being new to photography, I can say I was well introduced to this world.
After ’94, I stopped practicing photography, but working in the fashion industry I kept seeing good (and bad) photography until May 2011, when I discovered iPhoneography and of course, the Instagram world.
What a great and beautiful new world!
Instagram gave me the opportunity to discover great artists, find like minded people from all over the world, be exposed to new types of photography(’til that time I’ve never heard about street photography) and fall in love again with something that I’ve always loved but was far away because, we all know, life happens.
Everything was so new and exciting! New apps all the time, shooting like there was no tomorrow, appstacking…Somehow that community was much better than all the others I used (twitter, Facebook, etc).
What it all turned into?
“Nowadays we take so many pictures that we end up not seeing any” – Sebastião Salgado
Guys, when I heard it from one of the Masters last week, it was like a thunder and I couldn’t help but relate it the ideas that were taking shape in my mind about this series of posts.
Yeah. That was what I started to feel differently about how the social platforms were changing. Popularity over quality. Instagram itself saying what/who is a good image maker (OF COURSE THERE WERE/ARE SOME FEW GOOD EXCEPTIONS).
People taking zillion of followers seriously. People thinking that “square” is the only good format. Jesus.
All of photography’s history seems to have never existed before Instagram. Well, at least it seems like that for a lot of people inside mobile photography world.
So, this blog series will be a reflection about our time over the image making process.
My intention is much more than asking questions and giving answers and believe me, actually I don’t think I have any. To try to see the good and the bad, the pros and cons, be it on Instagram, Flickr, mobile photography, digital photography, whatever falls in place of image making.
Maybe we should all think about it.
My great friend David Norbut somehow did the same in his last – great – post here .
So I hope to see you all around in the next post when we will be talking about “one hit wonders” inside mobile photography.