November 21, 2010 0

“Focus and perfect clarity are often overrated.”

By in ilovethatphoto

Some time ago a photography student asked me some questions. One of them intrigued me:

It seems apparent that many young photographers have adopted the ‘snapshot aesthetic’, often using disposables, point and shoots and other amateur tools to create their images. How do you feel about this revival?

This was my answer to her question:

I think it’s a logic consequence of the digital revolution. We want more pixels, sharper photos and we are editing our photos until they look like how it ‘should be’. We delete our unsharp photos, we want to be perfect. On the other hand there’s a group of young photographers who want to make real photos. Show the real world. I think this is great.


© Otto Kitchens

In this interview Otto Kitchens says: “Life isn’t perfect so sometimes I want an imperfect result — focus and perfect clarity are often overrated.” I totally agree with him.

I think it’s an interesting time at the moment. I see a lot of submissions where mostly young people take their parents old film cameras and start learning ‘real’ photography. The photos aren’t sharp and the colors are raw. But I think this is the best way to learn photography. With a film camera you have to ‘think’ before you take a photo and you don’t have an instant result. This makes it very hard and you have to practice a lot. But I think in the end you will be a better photographer, because you’ve learned to think before you shoot.

By Saskia Hoogerhuis
Editor in chief ilovethatphoto.net

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