Like Occam Would Have Wanted It
Berlin Hauptbahnhof © Knut Skjærven.
Let them live interesting times. As some Chinese would say.
And we live in interesting times, don’t we? It would be easy to say something about Europe, border security and politics here but I will abstain from that since these pages are all about photography and not about politics. Even if the last is impossible to get away from.
But the smaller pictures are not that different from the larger pictures, are they: Putin, Erdogan and Trump. Your pick: smaller or larger.
The point with photography, read street photography, is that very few cares anyway. Dilettantism and mediocrity is, I am afraid, the name of the game.
You only have to look around. Start with On Every Street or the even worse site Leica Street Photography (I run both so I can say this). They mirror similar sites on street photography on Facebook.
The point is that most picture posters (those who post pictures) have not got the slightest interest in photography. They are here to show there pictures only. Their pictures have nothing to do with photography in which you deliberately paint with light. You take charge.
There are large groups of free riders and cherry pickers. They are only here to get appraisals and hardy give anything back to the communities they are part of. To any community.
The worst thing is not being able to take good pictures. Talent might miss. The worst thing is not even t r y i n g to do so. Those who try are easily spotted because being serious about it shows like Occam would have wanted it to show: Fast and frugal.
Besides that does not go for street photography only. It goes for the rest of you life too. Street photography is small pictures, the rest of you life is big pictures.
It is excusable not being able to take good pictures. But it is not excusable not even trying.
Copenhagen, October 9, 2016.
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