A great photography teacher once told me that they viewed photography as essentially a mental-health exercise, perhaps akin to meditation. Or, to put it like another photographer has famously said, “photography just gets us out of the house.” Yet, recently, I had a discussion with a street photographer who lamented how the discourse concerning photographs has made it seem more and more like photographs are viewed like illustrations to concepts. I had to agree. But why should photographs as illustrations of concepts be a problem after all? Should I judge the soundness of a body of work containing a 24-page bibliography, appended with 85 abject, muddy-looking plates? Why do I feel the need to judge?
There is a sort of metaphoric beauty to shooting images that rely on the use of a mirror. Looking through mirrors and creating an image using that vision is one of the most compelling reasons to hold on to and keep shooting with a DSLR. It is the major defining feature separates a DSLR and a mirrorless camera. With the industry moving full speed towards mirrorless full-frame cameras, the question that has been popping into my mind is, ‘Do mirrors matter? Will they matter? Will we yearn for the days where our cameras were built with mirrors inside of them?’ Or will we look back at DSLR cameras with disgust at a platform that contained far too many moving parts?
Digital assets are the photographer’s most valuable resource. As your portfolio continues to grow, you need to be able to find, process, caption, and store your images. This requires having a system in place to organize your digital files.
There is nothing worse for a photographer when they cannot find an image. Or when a simple hard drive goes down and thousands of images can be lost. This wastes your time trying to find images, if you can and could cost the working photographer money.
I’ve always marveled at how aspiring photographers create their most creative images when they travel. I really don’t see it as a big mystery, but a fun observation, that begs the question why? As well, to ask, why don’t we do that at home too?
Not for nothing, I think buying and owning art is coequal to making it. If you want to have an ounce of credibility making things, buying art is essential. The Camera Store is offering two extraordinary prints at an affordable price. I think the work of the duo of photographers blend together in a way that defies my attempts describing them. I am proud that The Camera Store has made a small number available.