As an artist and photographer I can see the parallels between the advent of easy access photography for pro photographers and the advent of photography itself for artists. Who needed artists to create portraits when photography produced a perfect representation? Now who needs a photographer when anyone can take a snap?
Unfortunately, the quality and finesse is not there in many instances, but that isn’t noticed. Messy composition, poor light, wonky horizon. No longer important. That goes for unsplash too. Did artists say the same as their living was decimated? Most probably.
Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the access available. It provides a way for everyone to record their own memories. People don’t just see the picture, but feel it too because they were there, because they were moved.
As photographers we may have to find other ways to provide value in a way your average snapper can’t.
Artists moved away from representation, they were freed from the necessity of producing likenesses and moved on.
Maybe as photographers we need to move on. Create a new beauty that says as much about ourselves as what we are observing. That is a unique beauty.
Thanks for you great post 🙂