More Photography In The Age of Tumblr

from the series, Markings, ©2014 Dave Ortiz

from the series, Markings, ©2014 Dave Ortiz

I always love it when I come across an interview where the person articulates a thought I have had also but was not able to express as eloquently. In this day and age everyones is a photographer but what separates a photographer from everybody else with a camera? Aaron Schuman has articulated beautifully what I have been telling everyone for years:

Today everybody is a photographer, and I think now to be a photographer with a capital P, is more than just taking pictures – it is thinking about photography… That’s what defines somebody who is taking the medium seriously and passionately. It’s not just about pulling your camera out. Similar to writing. We can all write, we all have pens and paper, we can all write a poem if we want to, an article or a novel and some people are better at that than others, some people take it much more seriously. I could write a poem right now and it would be a really shitty poem, but another person who reads a lot of poetry, who thinks about poetry, who looks at the history of poetry, could be capable of making really good poetry. Everybody can make a picture, but some people are really good at it and treat it with a sense of importance and urgency, photography is an integral part of their life. And other people want to show their friends that they are having a nice meal. And I’m OK with that.

 

 

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