I’ve taken a career path that could be considered as unique. When I joined drp as a Show Technician, I didn’t know how to take a picture with a real camera, and now, I’m a full-time Photographer professionally. I got here by using every resource I could find and yet I’ve never had a live teacher. The stream of consciousness that flows through the likes of YouTube, Flickr, 500px and Instagram has molded my skills and style. Feedback into these platforms brings me criticism and commendation. This is how I learned, and continue to learn, a medium that will apparently be destroyed by this same trend.
This was apparently killing his business because the public mindset was shifting. There was no skill in photography anymore, because a camera could think about it for you and not even incur costs of film and development. But was this true? Or did this shift simply separate the good from the bad? No longer did a photo simply need to be exposed correctly, developed well and captured on costly film. It had to be ‘something’ more.
But this ‘something’ wasn’t new either. When Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre were first marketing their runaway invention in the 1800’s, their biggest challenge was to create prestige against a dismissive art world. Needless to say, they succeeded in the hearts of the public by the virtues of speed (even when exposures took minutes!) and realism (even before colour!). Where early photographers endured was in taking the sensibilities of art and applying them to photographs. Techniques such as composition, lighting and artistic license were how a painting conveyed emotion and story. This wasn’t to be any different in a photograph.
And nothing has changed.