Posted on March 21st, 2014
via Dumb — Shawn Blanc.
“We are assholes and we have the little computers in our pockets to thank for it.”
“It will be very slow but noble television,”
Social media allows people to reach out and distract each other. The immediacy of the Internet is a benefit and a hindrance, reducing thoughts and stories to virtual Tic Tacs that we mindlessly pop into our mouths.
One thing I will say is that I find many of the things mentioned are also dependent on the quality of information that you allow in. If you follow a small number of people who are careful about the things they wish to share and set a high quality bar themselves, then the experience will be different.
That said, I’ve quite been enjoying the quality of posts and conversations I have on app.net and find the additional post length and general population makes even the global stream a rewarding experience more often than not.
This post will be appearing on every website I have. If you subscribe to one or more please forgive the redundancy.
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about patronage lately. Specifically, I’ve been kicking around ways to further increase my support of those who produce the things I love and derive value from online. It is a belief I put strongly into practice this past year. I did this various ways: Through membership programs, through buying their books and other works, through donation, and through purchase of their products.
I plan to increase that in the coming year. I also am in the process of creating a fund that will directly patronize up-and-coming and lesser known writers who I think deserve support, promotion, and attention.
Yet, this got me thinking about those who directly support my work through my irregular subscription based newsletter. Those people who I call “my patrons”. I suspected that many of them are writing or creating things that deserve such promotion.
Therefore, I put out a call to them all to see if there was something they were doing that they wanted me to share with my audience. Here is me, shining a light on those that responded:
“You are thirty-five years old,” I said to myself. “More than half of your life has already been spent. Who is living your life, anyway? Is it actually yours? Or is it a kind of public storehouse of odd jobs? A pile of days and hours put on the counter of the world with a sign inviting every Tom, Dick, and Harry to take one?”
Yep, you read that right. This was written in 1922. Very long read but well worth the time.
To understand the future, you do not need techno-autistic jargon, obsession with “killer apps,” these sort of things. You just need the following: some respect for the past, some curiosity about the historical record, a hunger for the wisdom of the elders, and a grasp of the notion of “heuristics,” these often unwritten rules of thumb that are so determining of survival. In other words, you will be forced to give weight to things that have been around, things that have survived.
Despite that relationship between photographer and subject being the bread and butter of what photographers should do, too often we get obsessed with lighting, composition and lenses and forget that the relationship between photographer and subject is very much two-way. Even the language we often use for photography – we ‘take’ photos – demonstrates this. But photography shouldn’t be about ‘taking’; it should be about learning a bit more from each other and sharing in an experience. And the images, if done respectfully, should reflect this.
Good photography is often more about what is happening outside of the camera.