This blog post was inspired by Randi’s #wrtuesdays picture titled “The Type.”
Our new tweeting assignment has changed from finding articles related to writing, research and technology to posting pictures we believe are suitable to tell a story or express some sort of meaning. Easy right? Our generation has access to snap a photo with the click of a button. We no longer have to wave a Polaroid around in the air until it dries to see what the picture looks like. Every cell phone on the market now contains a camera, some with lenses better than ever anticipated. Zoom options and filters are at our fingertips. With the constant change in technology, I can search “photo apps” and get over a hundred results. All of these apps contain some sort of technology laced in them to change the original picture at hand. When we had a Polariod’s and film cameras, that was not the case. We had no clue what we took a picture of until it was printed or developed. There was no “I don’t like that, delete it. Let’s take another one.”
Image our social media world if we had to post pictures in their original state? Most people wouldn’t do that right? Filters are everyone’s best friends! I find it interesting that photography is so easily mistaken for a “hobby” and not an “art.” In Berger’s article, “Understanding a photograph,” he explains how art is valuable and should be treated as such.
Let me pose a question, are the pictures and selfies you take and upload to social media valuable? What do you get out of posting those pictures laced with filters and different effects to enhance the actual object in the image? Berger expresses that photographs have little or no property value due to their rarity.
Paintings and sculptures were often created once and only once by a single artist. This allowed them to produce a higher value and better quality. It was rare for someone to own that particular piece. Do we own our photographs? Essentially, yes but are they rare, no. Anyone can save a picture we have taken and uploaded and claim it as their own unless of course it is a selfie.
Going off of Randi’s image above, a keyboard, something we all use on a daily bases. Is that art? Taking a picture of a keyboard, I can take that exact picture in class, who’s portrays the higher value and which is more rare. These are all questions worth asking when it comes to photography being seen as an art. I enjoy taking pictures, probably too much but I do not consider my pictures an art because I do not view them in that way. Each picture I take often has a meaning behind why I am snapping the shot, and I enjoy going back and reliving those moments caught on camera.
I have attached a link I believe expresses the way some photographs – not all can be seen as art or through the artist eye based on the quality and the image at hand. Oh, and they were all taken with a camera phone.