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Ivophoto

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What is Originality in Photography?
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2019, 04:13:52 am »

I think Rob is referring to doing what is possible for your own situation.
I for myself did whatever i wished as far as I could but the Ferrari and becoming Grandmaster in chess must wait until two or three future lives.

And perhaps in three generations the cars will be "Chan'g Phee Li" and the game Mah-Jongg or whatever the Chinese are planning for the future - if there is one :'( :'( :'(


True. It is about expectations. I guess Rob is talking about the UP! Message.

But, is not all coming against cash? Is ‘freedom of doing’ not a very expensive state of being in a capitalism?

Not saying that the socialistic redistribution works.
The trick is to get yourself on the receiving side of the game. That’s a skill a totally miss. But this is politics, isn’t it?
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Rob C

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Re: What is Originality in Photography?
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2019, 04:25:14 am »

I think Rob is referring to doing what is possible for your own situation.
I for myself did whatever i wished as far as I could but the Ferrari and becoming Grandmaster in chess must wait until two or three future lives.

And perhaps in three generations the cars will be "Chan'g Phee Li" and the game Mah-Jongg or whatever the Chinese are planning for the future - if there is one :'( :'( :'(


Both you and Ivo are right: money is one problem and later on, health and energy loss both become equally difficult to handle. Not working makes you very aware of the finite quality of your money in your bank (money getting you practically no interest whilst the bankers, strangely, can afford to grow ever fatter), against the equation of possibly outliving your resources. Then what? Selling matches on the street corner, and becoming a street shooter's object of entertainment and online discourse? Does anybody even need matches anymore? Maybe one could become a professional street model, start a street model agency, even!

KLaban

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Re: What is Originality in Photography?
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2019, 05:38:28 am »

I give you that immortal line from The Graduate...One word, Plastics Pensions.

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« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2019, 05:38:33 am »

Hahaha
Avoid Yosemite, Your chances for originality will be strongly reduced.
There has been  ∞ + 1 photographers doing beautiful pictures there

But they would be my pics:)

BTW, I recently had the time to carefully read William Neil's 40 year career spanning book, some of his Yosemite photos are stunning.

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« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2019, 05:42:46 am »

But we wander off the question: what is originality in photography?

Something may be new to us when we do it, but that isn't originality. That's not to say that folks won't enjoy doing it, but they still can't claim it as original if it's just more of the same. Which most everything, today, has to be because time (and too many photographers) has taken care of that.

;-(

Well, under that definition, then it means to do something that no one has done before. Simple. A few years back, a NatGeo photog took aerial pics of the deserts from an ultra light aeroplane, I have his book, wonderful. Today, it would be easier with a drone, and original.

The thing is, it is  impossible to know what has been done by everybody, which hampers the classification of what is, or is not, original.

Rob C

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« Reply #25 on: January 04, 2019, 07:58:22 am »

I give you that immortal line from The Graduate...One word, Plastics Pensions.

;-)

Your attention was more literary than mine: all I remember is that nice Mrs Robinson's legs and the equally seductive Alfa Romeo topless, but I'm not sure the best choice was having the car topless.

There you go - can't have everything.

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« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2019, 02:41:10 pm »

While it is nearly true in some reasonable sense that every photograph has been taken, it is not true that every photograph has been placed beside every other photograph.

The originality is -- mostly, but not completely -- in bodies of work, sequences, books, these days.
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« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2019, 03:49:20 pm »

While it is nearly true in some reasonable sense that every photograph has been taken, it is not true that every photograph has been placed beside every other photograph.

The originality is -- mostly, but not completely -- in bodies of work, sequences, books, these days.


I waited many years before I bought a Peter Lindbergh book: he put out so many that I figured it best waiting for a late one, which I did. He is fond of ladies with cigarettes... does that count as originality today?

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