I think it’s true that technology is making photography obsolete. iPhones, Facebook, Instagram, and falling prices on Digital SLRs are making everybody turn into a photographer.
On the one hand, I think this helps the medium. More people are interested in photography than ever before, and despite all of the above crap, people still know good photography from bad.
Well, most people. I was, in all seriousness, asked a couple weeks ago by someone, “Why can’t I find an art gallery that will display my iPhone art?”
And then there are people that don’t know shit about photography, and don’t seem that interested in studying, but they buy an expensive camera and call themselves photographers, anyway. Case in point: Not so many years ago, a lens flare from the sun in a photo would garner one an “F” in art school. But this weekend, I saw a “professional” photographer purposefully Photoshoping fake flares into his photos. It looked ghastly, just fucking horrible.
This depressed me. It makes me worry, profusely, about the future of my chosen medium. It makes me wonder why I’m striving so hard to keep learning and keep improving and to be as good as I can be when other people are just throwing crap out there and expect to be respected for it.
I’m sure I’ll be writing more about this in the coming weeks, as my thoughts come together. I just had to get this mini-rant off my chest.