We have all read the debates over whether analog photography is dead. But maybe we should be asking whether the whole concept of photography is dead. Whether analog or digital it is the image itself that is important. What are we being told when the same images keep being made. Is it a great photograph when it has been done over a dozen times before. With millions of people each with a camera (of sorts) in their phone have we become so desensitized that we cannot conceive of a good photograph anymore. In this age when children are given trophies, not for winning but for participating, does it mean anything to be really good at something. Everything seems to be a rehash of what was done before.
I think everyone has seen the "one tree hill" photograph. You know the one, a grassy hill with one, two, or three trees, ominous clouds in the background. Sometimes it is done in IR, sometimes there are a few sheep grazing on the grass. It's all the same image, adding or subtracting a tree or sheep doesn't make it new or award winning.