- Posted October 15, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Return to photo school: 101
The creative nature of their new software and their way of seeing things anew through new techno tools is absolutely humbling.
Traditional photography as we all know it is great, but now retro, passe', or better yet, being left by the roadside with newer tools and fresher visions.
All things are a river. All arts evolve and progress. Just as new cities are built on the old. Enslaved gladiators once became free and threatened Imperial Rome.
This is all wonderful and worth comment. Just as CNN has revolutionized ireports from around the globe into a central news source. One little girl's brutal hounding in Canada has made front pages across the world and now we know the thoughts of a single human heart. This is now a revolutionary medium (CNN and You tube).
Now we all must learn to see and think anew. So its back to photo school I go, learning to think not with new eyes, but 'with a mind and a brain that has been wired by 60 years of exisiting culture.' Learning to see again and reinterpret what we see requires risking eveything.
The 'perfect' photo no longer matters.
The new rules require emotion, content, political statement, involvement and being immersed in one's subject. It's like being involved in war, either you are or you are not. Either you get it or you don't. Perfect pictures no longer matter. "Art gallery " quality exposures mattered before half the world had iphones and cheap digital cameras.
Tomorrow: what lies ahead but a world we cannot fathom and change, we can only dream of. I dream of it. Water over a fishes gills makes it live. The river flows, I live. The river changes and I breathe and I move forward.
Give me liberty or death. But I do not want to die trapped, stagnant and not growing. Bring forth the change. New technoliges bring new lenses and ways of purveying our world. Perhaps they can be more useful tools for social change.