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Comments for I Can See It For You Wholesale http://nickshere.com/blog Something something photography. Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:09:27 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.26 Comment on Group Shoot by ault http://nickshere.com/blog/2010/11/28/group-shoot/#comment-30 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:09:27 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=479#comment-30 To paraphrase Bart Simpson: Now you know how Ansel Adams felt at Manzanar.

Comment on All hail me by RodneyJ46 http://nickshere.com/blog/2008/08/28/all-hail-me/#comment-7 Sun, 14 Nov 2010 18:51:35 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/2008/08/28/all-hail-me/#comment-7 hahah.. well done. I guess there’s always (D) Legend in you own mind and then (E) All of the above…

Comment on Calligraphy by Nick http://nickshere.com/blog/2010/11/09/calligraphy/#comment-29 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 18:47:55 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=470#comment-29 A pretty large percentage of the population reads books. It’s not everyone, of course, and the quality of the books people read is all over the map. People also consume text in many other forms — newspapers and magazines (I’ll do another post on the magazine situation in terms of photography, btw, since Szarkowski has some interesting things to say about that), and of course online. Twitter, if you’re following the right people, can be a venue for quite impressive writing. (Almost all of which is comedy, of course.)

In terms of the comparison to other art forms, I think it’s a bit off topic, for two reasons. One, most other art forms require specialized technical training which most people don’t have. The average person in the US or Europe does not casually make a work of sculpture or a painting in his or her day to day life; however, he or she quite probably does work with the written word to some degree and there’s a good chance they also make, share, and view photographs.

Of course, most people cannot write particularly well. And even those who can write particularly well often do not (Sturgeon’s law holds in every context, pretty much). What bugs me is that, for those who become excited about writing, there are lots of aspirations to pursue, some of which are part of the sequestered world of literature, created for and consumed by mainly a cultural elite, but many of which are created for and consumed by the general public. And in that realm of popular fiction and non-fiction, there is some good writing (although also much terrible writing).

In photography, it seems like there is nothing (or very little) filling the gap between ad/wedding/industrial/etc. photography and art photography. And that wasn’t always the case, and it maybe doesn’t have to always be the case in the future.

The point about music is interesting, and it would probably be worth elaboration by anyone but me. Certainly music (at large) has far more cultural penetration than probably any other medium, and most people have some degree of fluency in it — whether it’s being able to play an instrument or just being able to sing along with the radio. But the nature of creation/participation is different, esp. since it’s a performance thing.

But what if the distribution of music today (and the paths of aspiring musicians) were confined only to ad jingles, wedding marches, orchestral performances, marching bands, and singing in the shower?

Because that’s pretty close to what photography looks like today.

Comment on Calligraphy by ault http://nickshere.com/blog/2010/11/09/calligraphy/#comment-28 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:46:10 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=470#comment-28 Not too sure about the death of the scribe. While many high school graduates can read competently, far less than 1% of society is capable of writing a short article, story, or essay worth publishing, let alone worth reading.

You make the inference that photography is different from other artforms: Is there photography which is produced for and consumed by the general public, for the joy of it? With the possible exception of music, I think that few other artforms are consumed by the general public. What percentage of the population read books? Essays? Poetry? How many seek out visual art? Performance art? Dance? Very little of these escape the confines of their “art communities”.

Comment on New Topographics at SFMOMA by Tweets that mention I Can See it For You Wholesale » Blog Archive » New Topographics at SFMOMA -- Topsy.com http://nickshere.com/blog/2010/07/17/new-topographics-at-sfmoma/#comment-27 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:13:07 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=446#comment-27 […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Joe Reifer, Nick. Nick said: Some hasty notes on New Topogaphics, etc., at @SFMOMA http://bit.ly/bRF5I8 […]

Comment on IR Flash — progress! by Nick http://nickshere.com/blog/2010/04/14/ir-flash-progress/#comment-25 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:51:56 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=416#comment-25 Not completely. It’s nearly unnoticeable with the eBay 89b filter. It’s noticeable but still fairly weak with the Ilford SFX gels on the SB-24. However, when I tried the SFX gels on the Sunpak at full power, it was quite blinding. : )

Comment on IR Flash — progress! by ault http://nickshere.com/blog/2010/04/14/ir-flash-progress/#comment-24 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 16:58:34 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=416#comment-24 Does the gel completely eliminate the flash’s visual output?

Comment on The Black Triangle by I Can See it For You Wholesale » Blog Archive » Infrared Flash http://nickshere.com/blog/2009/01/27/tales-of-the-rampant-coyote-the-black-triangle/#comment-13 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 04:01:54 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=150#comment-13 […] the last few weeks, I’ve mostly been chasing black triangles related to infrared flash photography and darkroom printing. It’s been a pretty tough slog, […]

Comment on Photography Against Solipsism by erik.n http://nickshere.com/blog/2010/01/04/photography-against-solipsism/#comment-23 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 16:04:55 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=382#comment-23 Wow. I identify something something profoundly with this post.

It also makes me view the photo differently. Remember I said I didn’t care much for your shadow in the photo? In this context, it makes so much sense. I take back everything I said…

Comment on Company releases self-serving study results. OMG! by ault http://nickshere.com/blog/2009/10/06/company-releases-self-serving-study-results-omg/#comment-22 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:15:48 +0000 http://nickshere.com/blog/?p=328#comment-22 Last Friday I went to the Salon de la Photo – a retail level trade show in a Paris convention hall. All the big players were there, as well as the non-entities. Over 100 exhibitors in well more than 1000 square meters of space.

Fuji had one small shelf of film in an isolated display cabinet. That was it. Kodak gave no indication that they even know what film is.

There were a couple film bodies at chez Leica and someone had taken the film back off his Hasselblad to try a digital one at that stand. And Olympus had a couple classic Pens on display.

But that was it.