Having edited many thousands of photos I could make my list of dull subjects which are almost universally approached in dull formulaic ways much, MUCH longer than what I wrote there, wacho. But I edited myself, too.
I don't tell anyone what to photograph. For the record, I happen to like being around kittens, blustery scottish moors, beautiful naked women, and going for foggy walks in the woods. I even like to take pictures at those times. Some of the photos I've made of those subjects are hugely valuable to me. What I don't do, however, is make the absurd assertion, without some careful consideration up front, that seeing those photos will automatically be worth the time for someone else to see.
And that's really true in a context where I may desire that people look at my photos in the company of (and perhaps to the exclusion of) other really good photographs.
In the specific case of the "NBW" pool, I want people who come to see the collection feel that the photos they are seeing within the moderated collection are really first-rate. It is a source of pleasure to me not unlike keeping my living room free from trash for the comfort of as-yet-unannounced guests.
(btw, the reason I put quotes around "fine art" is because I believe that if art needs to have an adjective telling you how good it is in advance, there's a stronger chance than ever that it just plain sucks. My experience has shown that in general nothing labeled "fine art" ever aims higher than about the middle brow)
Last edited by bjorke; 04-26-2008 at 12:54 PM. Click to view previous post history.