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What is my opinion of modern photography?

7 March 2018

One answer to the question is that we live in a blessed age where there are countless styles of current (i.e. modern) photography that we can make, study, enjoy, dislike etc.

I think what is meant by the question however is – what do I think of highly conceptual photography, and hybrid photography where other art forms are also incorporated? These can, perhaps, be considered the essence of modern photography. Together, of course, with the tidal-wave of ubiquitous mobile-phone photography.

I struggle to be interested in, let alone enjoy, much of modern conceptual and hybrid photography. I find it to be too cerebral, too left-brain, too ‘clever’. I like photography that stirs emotions, and that implies a narrative – photography that touches me. So much of the modern style appears to lack meaning or any sort of feeling.

As for the mobile-phone photography addiction, I largely fail to understand if, and when, and why the vast majority of these images will ever be looked at or at best they will be looked at only once. “I was there, I saw nothing, but I got a photograph of it, which I then posted.” Getting ‘likes’ validate my existence, my identity, and my popularity perhaps? Hmm – I don’t think so.