OK, I really seem to be one of those guys who has to nag about shit all the times. And maybe it is a good thing, maybe it is stupid, maybe everyone ignores it, and maybe, maybe I just do it to blow off steam.
Well, it is time for my first nagging blog, and I simply do this because the shoutbox would not allow me to write this extensively, and I want it to stay for a while, somehow to be found and being read over the next few years.
I have been active here for quite some time now. I know, 2 and a half years are not too long if you consider the users that have been here since forever, but for a lot of people it is a long time, because a lot of users just come here, post a few months and forget about it again. Well, this is my stand. I’ve been here some time. Period.
The past few months I discovered something that pissed me off for a pretty long time, and maybe it’s just me, but I think this development is strictly stupid.
You read articles about legendary Photographers (the one tipping me off to write this finally, was the one about the Queen using a Leica), and contemporary people using analog Film. Nothing more. And they are being called Lomographers. This makes me sick.
But, what does it take to be a Lomographer?
Lomography itself is a very narrow-minded thing. Yes, I said it. You all are hyping about creativity, freedom and so on. But good pictures that do not fit into the lomography-scheme are being ignored. Really good pictures! I don’t know, when I come over a nice Home with genius pictures and the person only has 3 likes per picture and then I compare it to uncreative and boring Lomohomes that fit into the scheme with 300+ likes, I consider it a sign of pretty severe narrow-mindedness.
Then again, Photographers, real photographers, that shoot series, or their entire work, on film are being called Lomographers is wrong. Because those are REAL photographers.
What I think is:
There are an awful lot of wannabes around. Don’t get me wrong, my minor at Uni is Photographic History, and we have an awful lot of wannabes there too!
But here are a lot of fashion-victims, that have seen an analog camera, seen the hype, came over here and went knee-deep into our community. Hey, new ones are great! But there is a bit lack of understanding, and I feel like the entire thing loses this understanding.
A photographer is not per se a Lomographer just because he uses film, a Lomographer is very rarely a real photographer, just because he shoots photos on film. This will hurt, but all those tourists shooting attractions on their iPhones are no photographers either.
What lomographers need to understand: Just because you shoot pictures on film, you are not a photographer. You shoot memories for you, on film, on frames, on prints. But it takes so much more to be a photographer.
And it’s the same thing with being a lomographer. Shooting on film does not make you a lomographer. Lomography has more to it: There are the rules, because you will not get enough attention not following them. It takes being active here (a very crucial point), but most important: You need to use the lomography Cameras. Without them, you can not be defined as a lomographer. But yeah, this turns into a completely new way of faschism.
Have a nice day :)
written by maxwellmaxen on 2012-06-02