Generationally, photography standards change. The new generation typically breaks away from the old trying to find its place. For example, to some people, good bokeh and the rule of thirds are less important these days than finding a person to photograph who happens to have lots of tattoos and nose rings.
New standards are gradually adopted by the emerging photographers and attitudes gradually change. Younger photographers seem much, much less concerned about the things I was taught to look for. And truth be told, I don’t enjoy looking at much of their work. We all have our bias, even in photography. It’s important to know and recognize your own bias. That said, I do think the change is okay, as long as it has a direction and purpose.
I can only teach what has worked for me. So the best thing to do is figure out what you CAN learn from me, knowing the generational differences, and decide what rules you want to break, and why.
I do want to urge caution. Don’t break rules just to prove you’re cool, or hip, or rad or just to prove you’re different. Some of the things that made “traditional” photography successful go back thousands of years; derived from other art forms like painting and sculpture. Have an artistic reason for change. If you do it just to do it, and don’t know WHY you’re doing it, you’re fooling yourself into thinking you’re an artist when really, you’re just lazy.
Okay – flame on.
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