Steve Shapiro (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun, 25 Jul 1999 20:17:39 -0700
Subject: Re: What the ???
> jamiehy wrote:
> > ... If you set up a camera in front of a bunch of photographers, and
> > know it, you are going to get those questions. If you pull out a bunch
> > your prints, then people will explore the question "WHAT KIND OF
> > PHOTOGRAPHER ARE YOU?". You made that choice. ...
> > if you want to talk photography, pull out prints, not a camera,
> > and if you pull out a camera, expect those questions. Jamie
> Don't try to console me. REAL photographers don't ask those
> questions. Real photographers are interested in the art of
> photography. As you so eloquently put it, techno-weenies have trouble
> getting past the technical stuff.
> The choice I made was to make a photograph, that's all.
> And don't give me the "pull out the prints" thing. The same gibberish
> questions abound. I brought some technical prints to APIS to discuss
> some technical points. I also brought some of my work. I'll have you
> know that not one person asked about the ramifications of folding an
> image along a chosen axis. I doubt that all understood what I was
> doing, so why not some questions. I feel a good number of people just
> wanted to enjoy looking and not talking. However, only a couple of
> people bothered to change the position of a screen. Note: the screens
> cannot be understood without folding them.
> I also brought some prints on fabric. I fielded several questions on
> coating the fabric. But only one person asked why I printed on fabric.
> Well I guess that's good that at least one person asked.
> As I see it, the techno-weenie thing is a sort of double edged sword.
> On one side I have to be annoyed by the dribble. On the other side I
> find it more challenging to find peer discussions, but don't have to
> worry about an overwhelming population of artist.
> Jeffrey D. Mathias
I've een photographing for tons of years, and part of the art is the camera.
Even the most pedantic portrait photographers, like plumbers, will ask, "Is
that an Artar?" with a lilt of trying to hide their envy. To them, I'll say
something like, no, it's a converted Mamiya 330, upper half.
Now, who can't laugh at that?
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