Photography is my favorite hobby. Capturing situations and scenarios and taking a look at them after many years is great fun for me. I’m particularly amused by persons who refuse to have their photo taken but complain after many years that there aren’t enough memory pictures of them. But that’s how many – at least many of my friends – act.
Mostly this attitude can be found in persons who needn’t even be ashamed of their looks and their appearance. This target group usually refuses to have their picture taken. On the other hand, persons who should rather stand behind a camera lens – or let’s say: who don’t belong to the most photogenic people – build themselves up in front of a lens and ask for more and more photos and pictures.
Now in the past few years there’s been a change in photography. Facebook, Instagram etc. have made it possible to create selfies. And this kind of taking pictures is used and shared in an unforeseen way. This has led to billions of images produced without any clear idea behind them. Many people hope to satisfy their own narcissism by doing so. What started 15 years ago with the social network fotocommunity.de, which still included more of an artistic, at least intentional aspect, has been thrown out of joint on Instagram.
The flood of pictures taken and published on countless platforms makes it hard for people really interested in photography to find the right sources of inspiration. I also feel like this. I don’t even want to say that a DSLR camera is the beacon of serious photography. Even with a smartphone camera you can mix compositions and perfect moments, match them and create results that can be considered the pinnacle of art.
We shall see how photography will evolve. Because by now everyone can practice it and we don’t need specific skills in physics, lighting and camera technology. I don’t want to sound like a pessimist and believe that “digital natives” are going to learn the use of quality instead of quantity.
It will take some time to know: You can carry a camera in your bag all the time, but you needn’t use it every ten minutes to take pictures of things out of context without any message behind. Of course, there’s always been bad photography, but in my opinion this is also justified as long as it’s considered good work or presented at an exhibition explaining it.
Future can come. Technology will no longer decide the advancement of photography but the users themselves using it or enjoying it will.