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    Does this describe you?

    How accurately would you say this quote describes you as a photographer?

    If they look through the camera out into the world, this is not because the world interests them, but because they are pursuing new possibilities of producing information and evaluating the photographic program. Their interest is concentrated on the camera; for them, the world is purely a pretext for the realization of camera possibilities.

    --Vilem Flusser, Toward a Philosophy of Photography

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    Whoever this idiot is - he is diametrically opposed to everything I think is the "reason for photography"!

    Perhaps this "Villem Flusser" is actually "Whositwhatsis Perez" the clown who's ruining Kodak?

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    Most of us look through a dark little box because we love everything outside that box too. The camera is a substitute for taking the entire world home with us. It's an act of creation -- because we are so interested in the world that we wished we could have made it ourselves.
    Paul

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    YIKES!!!!

    Riiiiiight...I have absolutely no interest in the things I choose to photograph. I just carry my LF gear through the forest all day as a form of excersize and periodically set it up in order to put some information on film, so I can evaluate it later. The camera is EVERYTHING, and the Universe in all its complexity pales in comparison!

    What a schmuck :rolleyes:

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    Does not describe me in the least. If I'm pointing my camera at it, it interests me.

    Chuck


    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham View Post
    Perhaps this "Villem Flusser" is actually "Whositwhatsis Perez" the clown who's ruining Kodak?
    You just hijacked the thread

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    This guy sounds like he buys into all the marketing hype of each and every 'Latest and Greatest!'. What's the context of this quote by the way? Is he talking about people in general today who use cameras, or photographers as a whole over time?

    - Randy

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    I do tend to "filter" the outside world through a photographic "lens" - but the quotation is far too absolute. My enjoyment of and interest in photography has a big influence on what I observe, and what interests me, and there are probably a few instances where my first reaction to a situation is too much concerned with its photographic potential, but I expect that is the same for all people who enjoy creating things.

    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotoPete View Post
    How accurately would you say this quote describes you as a photographer?

    If they look through the camera out into the world, this is not because the world interests them, but because they are pursuing new possibilities of producing information and evaluating the photographic program. Their interest is concentrated on the camera; for them, the world is purely a pretext for the realization of camera possibilities.

    --Vilem Flusser, Toward a Philosophy of Photography
    It depends on how you interpret the statement, either as a gearhead or as Gary Winogrand: "I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs."

    There is a world of differences.
    Using film since before it was hip.


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    This guy is obviously not a photographer and does not know any photographers yet decides to define a photographer. Bull hockey!!!
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    I think this does describe the photographer, otherwise he/she would not photograph, and instead, draw or paint, or maybe just experience the world directly.

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