This is a wonderful conversation that started between me and Douglas Humphries [link]
an amazing photographer who I admire greatly. Jump in on the conversation if you like……
DOUGLAS: I'm actually somewhat leery of this I-phone thing ( phenomena ) -
- every body and his sister is now an instant artist - take a pic - slap on a filter - send it to your friends and - viola - move over Ansell Adams and Picasso -- with Photoshop - you'll be sure to be roundly ignored if you just apply a standard filter to your photo ....and the I-phone end result won't print without being pixelated ( not that many print anymore ) ---- not to say that it won't spark the creativity in some to learn more about photography and the creative process -- -- some will be creative no matter what the tool is ( Lomo etc ) -- but in the main I think it kind of falls in line with the dumbing down of the masses to sell product ( that is the bottom line - make profit )
GERALD: I do agree in what you say, and I can only speak of my personal experience with iPhoneography. This is in line when people thought digital manipulation was doing the same, in the end the trite, over-manipulated, uncreative schlock will be forgotten about and the few great works will be celebrated. Any "art form" is full of dare I say "crap" from painting to performance art from large format photography to iPhoneography-99% it's the same old shit different "artist" that's why art with a big A is quite uncommon. It's easy to own an iPhone even easier to own a pencil yet they guaranty nothing, but you can own a Hasselblad and still this will not make you an artist. If it's just filters without thinking about composition, a narrative, texture and most of all seeing and showing something in a very "personal" manner the tool will not do it for you. The computer dumbs down everything we have programs that draw, that paint, hell why not just get up in the morning turn the box on set it to make art go back to bed………………mission accomplished.
Personally for me this is about experimentation that will lead to ideas and a give me a creative-conceptual jolt on a daily bases. Some photos work, most don't and I'm OK with that. The same percentage would be if I used my Nikon 800 which I mostly use for my drawings. In the end Douglas making art isn't about how difficult or expansive our tools are. I have spent a lifetime using pencils and have done very well for myself, its ideas, its concepts, passion; it's a work ethic and its thinking 'round corners. Douglas you are a great photographer but it's not your camera but the man behind it….
Armin Mersmann (GB) [link]