Where did David Kachel go?
I think the reason why more stuff floods to places like museums and galleries, is that it really doesn't take much to make a print anymore. But if you weed through all of the mediocrity, (something modern day society seems good at producing), you will find little glimmers of hope. As David Little says, curator of photography at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts - "The cream tends to float to the top". It's just that there's a lot more noise to filter out.
A great friend of mine gave his teenage daughter a camera, a 35mm SLR, because she was interested. Having studied only whatever art history and photography school imposed on her, she took pictures. After developing the film, a contact sheet was made, and then my master printer friend took a couple of shots and made darkroom prints from them. Beautiful work, that we all admired.
With no formal training, she took pictures and had fun. But without the guidance of her more experienced father those pictures would have amounted to exactly nothing. Instead something wonderful was created.
In a small and isolated event, I am trying to describe how an 'untrained' eye, and an experienced one, coexist and draw from each other to make good art.
Fresh vision can come from minds that have not yet been too cluttered with other people's thoughts, too many social norms, and what the art world expects. There's a purity to it that's undeniable.
Experience, history, and knowledge can help realize this vision, and make amazing works of art.
Isn't the ideal state of creating art to maintain a fresh vision of the world around us, but at the same time learn from others how to realize our vision?
Basically: We can't talk about one thing without mentioning the other, and it's our duty to help guide those that come after us, to learn how to materialize their dreams and their ideas, but doing so without destroying the innocence, clarity, and purity.