Maybe Less Really is More

When I’m not shooting I am typically thinking about photography. Though I don’t do both at the same time. They are two entirely different activities.

I wonder what the value of a photograph is? This is a question that I may never have an absolute answer to. But I think it is an important one to consider.

Before the Digital Age, there seemed to be a sense that a photograph could hold an importance that it rarely holds now. The act of taking a photo almost seemed like magic. As if you could record an image that could be of importance to others.

Chinatown Street Photography
Just Past Noon, New York City, April 2018

Whether the image is one that is personal and includes friends or family, or that it has social, cultural or artistic significance, it could have a meaning when shared with others.

We now live in a world where it appears that everyone has Attention Deficit Disorder to some degree. We flip through photos at such an alarming rate that they begin to lose their value.

In fact we even go so far as to use the word ‘porn’ when talking about photos of food. Photos that are often designed to make us envious of the meal that someone else enjoyed.

So yes, the unavoidable masses of images that we see everyday have an a way of disrupting the photos that we choose to see as art rather than mass market consumption.

I don’t know how we avoid the mass market images. What I do know is that taking the time to really look at photography by photographers who practice it as an art can provide much satisfaction. You may need to seclude yourself in a gallery or private space to really enjoy photography. And yes, sometimes less really is more.

Shadows in the Village

Photography is an activity that takes time. To capture a good shot can mean staying in the same place for awhile. I like to call it slow photography. When I saw this wall and the shadows and I decided to give it some time. In New York City on a Sunday afternoon in the Village with nice weather, it doesn’t take long for many people to pass by. But then there’s the chance of getting the one gesture, an expression! Patience is a virtue when being able to get the shot. And patience is not something that is typical to feel when you are in the midst of a really busy city. It takes a little practice. And I need to remind myself of that on a regular basis. There is great street photography to be had in this city and if you want to explore the city with a camera and learn more about street photography, I have a few workshops coming up in April and plenty of reviews if you want to hear what others say about them. Shadows in the Village, 2 April 2017.shadows in the Village