FOTOGRAFY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
If you are a fotografer (and, briefly, by that I mean a person who goes
out of their way, who puts time, energy, thought, emotion and, yes,
money, into creating series of fotos that define their intelligence) it
would seem that social media (and here I’m talking about Facebook
and Twitter) would be the perfect place for throwing up your images.
After all, who doesn’t love scrolling down (or is it up) past all those
random thought bubbles, stopping when something catches your eye.
And fotos are great at that, catching the eye. Social media is a perfect
distraction in that it has some kind of meaning but is usually pretty
disposable too. Let’s call it: small talk.
And that’s the problem.
Would you, in the middle of some conversation about, say, Miley
Cyrus or what’s happening in the Ukraine, stop and say, “Hey, look
at this foto I just shot for my project”?
I suppose you could, and it might be a worthwhile change of subject,
but for the fact that you know the subject will be re-changed again
almost immediately. So you would be just joining the stream of pass-
time and diversion.
Hy’s Steakhouse. from: Official Ottawa
(Now, I know I’m being a hypocrite. I’ve been “guilty” of throwing
up pictures from my projects onto Fb and Twitter. I’m as weak as
the next person and feel the pull of being, which so often these
days means posting something. Yes, mea culpa.)
And there are, certainly, interesting projects being published on
Fb, etc., by fotografers. One I’m looking at is what Jon Lowenstein
is doing in Chicago. XXXX
There, in his feed, is an ongoing, deep look at Chicago, often the
South Side, complete with extended captions.
But for serious consideration, it’s still the longform internet platforms
that rule, even though they (by and large) are going out of fashion.
They are a place where you slow down and devote certain amounts
of focused brain-power. Yes, as a fotografer, you will probably reach
fewer eyes with a blog than you would if you just post an endless stream
of fotos on Fb and Twitter, but you will reach many, many more brains.
And, for me at least, it’s the brain I want to reach. Both my own, and,
Here are a few long-form internet foto-things that I consider . . .
What the Boreal Collective folks are doing on their Tumblr. Playing the
Surrealist game of the Exquisite Corpse. Wherein each added foto is a
reaction to the preceding one. XXXX
Conscientious Photo Magazine, by Jorg Colberg. More to get your teeth
into since this blog changed from just plain Conscientious to being CPhMag.
Colin Pantall brings things from left field into the center for contemplation.
That catholic mix brought into focus will feed your head. XXXX
And one of the most niche of them all: Pete Brook’s Prison Photography. XXXX
FOTOGRAFY ON PAPER
And then there are fotobooks.
When you commit to print, everything comes in to sharper focus, there’s
more at stake. After all, you are spending the fabulous moolah to make
these things and asking folks to spend their moolah to buy them. And if
that doesn’t sharpen your mind, I don’t know what will.
I’d like to point out some books available at STRAYLIGHT. And mention
that we will be switching from Canadian bux to US$ tomorrow. That’s
Monday, March 17th. So if you want to save the difference (approx. 10%)
get on over to the STRAYLIGHT webstore and order a copy or two. XXXX
Now available at STRAYLIGHT Press (except Back to me., which is coming soon.)