It's a strange symbiosis.
It's a strange symbiosis.
Glad you're able to enjoy your hobby, and to have a passion.
I sometimes call photography my 'insanity asylum', because of how it helps relieve stress from the rest of my life. Am I deconstructing the reasons for being a photographer now?
I'm suspicious of those who avoid analysis. I smell puppies and flowers that way. The problem isn't deconstruction, it's the chumps who've cornered the market in it.
As for the original article, I totally agree with him. I've seen it in action even in a small museum's photo class. Before I had my own darkroom, I took classes at a museum school to gain access to their darkroom. Near the start of the second or third semester, I had a different instructor than the first class and we took a tour of the galleries upstairs (exhibit of current and former instructors' works). The new instructor was giving a very artspeak description of a photo by the first instructor and how he'd supposedly been thinking about the existentialism, blah, blah, etc... In the class before, the first instructor had shown us that very print and said he took it because he liked the light and needed to finish the roll of film so he could get the other shots. He printed it because he still liked the light and thought the contrast was good, plus, he said, he could print it very easily, no major burning and dodging. So the later episode in the gallery with the other instructor and the artspeak just sorta kickstarted my cynicism for ART and I decided to just do what I like how I want to and not worry about whether I was "saying something" with my images other than that it was a decent looking scene that I'd decided to capture on film.
There isn't a single photographer I admire who isn't able to discuss their work lucidly and in context. The only exception are those who obsessively document a certain aspect of life without knowing why. They provide a valuable historical resource. I have yet to see anyone who says 'art, schmart' and can take a great photograph.
while i am not fluent in artspeak i can appreciate it,
just like i appreciate genres of photography i don't "practice"
neither really bother me too much ...
I think you should be able to both think and photograph analytically. You should have an idea of what you want to photograph and why you photograph it the way you do, and you should be able to articulate that idea. That said, if it requires ten sentences full of opaque, polysyllabic latinate words to articulate your vision, you need to sit down and read "Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell, and quite possibly get smacked upside the head with a 50 lb. Unix manual. Own your vision in your own terms, don't allow it to be couched in inauthentic language that only satisfies an academic audience who has decided that aesthetics have no place in art.