No, it’s not what you think. There are not “30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever Taken” nor will you find “Some Of The Most Powerful And Heartbreaking Photos Ever…” here. These are just two post titles that popped up on my Facebook wall today.
As a photographer myself I do tend to click on some of these links, rarely expecting to find what such sensationalist titles promise. Rather, as with these you get a pretty poor selection by people who clearly know little about the medium of photography or its place in art and cultural history. Two different titles, mostly the same images these are on the type of sites that care nothing about quality or credibility – and there are hundreds of them – who link-bait for hits with such dramatic titles. All too often, as in this case they’re mostly reposting each others ‘top ten’ (did I ever mention I hate list posts), ‘best of’, biggest ever’, ‘weirdest’, ‘oldest’, longest’, ‘most fcuked up’, and every other word designed to pique your curiosity and draw you into visiting their low-quality content. Content which is all too often stolen and misrepresented – yes, I said stolen – from creative people who’ve made it or writers who’ve written it. Continue reading
A female friend of mine intimated to me some years ago that I should have been born a girl because I have such great taste in bags! I should point out that I’m not talking handbags here, it came about because, she considered, I had a knack for picking bags with all the right features and pockets for the job in hand. I have quite a collection of rucksacks and camera bags kicking around.
I recently bought a new Nikon DSLR that came, amongst other things, bundled with a camera bag. I hated it the moment I saw it. So started looking around something more to my taste. I’m not a fan of rucksacks for cameras, mostly because I hate having to take the bag off and place it down in order to simply change a lens. For this reason I prefer shoulder bags as you can realistically use them on the move.
I’m also not a fan of camera bags that have, in big yellow writing, ‘steal me’ written all over them. Okay, it may not actually say steal me, but the large Nikon logo is just as effective for attracting the attention of potential thieves. Continue reading
One thing not that few people in my current circles know about me was that I originally did a degree in photography – but never chose to follow it as a career. I’ve taken on the occasional project over the years (usually under duress), and have taught the subject (far more appealing to me than the pressures of professional photography) in higher education both in the UK and US… I still keep my hand in for my own pleasure and amusement and sell the occasional image through photo libraries.
I recently wrote about Geoff Holt’s bid to become the first quadriplegic sailor to cross the Atlantic having met him a few short weeks ago. Over dinner one evening this came up in conversation – a couple of days later Geoff and his PR company asked me to take the official departure pictures of the crew and the boat to be distributed that day to the press. Continue reading