One of the interesting side effects I’ve noticed is how I am consuming barely any photography online now.
Partly this is because I am online less generally, and when I am it’s mostly writing for 35hunter, leaving and responding to comments here and on the few blogs I follow, responding to a few emails, and editing my own photos with Google Photos and Flickr.
And partly it’s due, I’m sure, to the impact the photography books are having.
The most relevant metaphor I can use as a comparison, is eating.
With photography books, it’s like you have chosen a specific restaurant (photographer) with its distinct style of food (photography) ahead of time, and booked a table. Then you take the time to sit down and fully enjoy the food (photographs) one mouthful (photograph) at a time.
A very enjoyable evening ensues, memorable time well spent that influences how you see and enjoy eating (looking at photographs) in general, and gives inspiration for your own cooking (photography) back home.
Whereas before, scanning through hundreds of photos a day on Instragram, Flickr, blogs, PentaxForums etc, feels in retrospect like sprinting through a food street market grabbing random handfuls of food left right and centre, then ramming them down your throat as rapidly as possible, so you have room for the next snatched morsel a second later.
Which leaves you feeling stuffed, exhausted and with so many flavours colliding anarchically in your mouth, you can’t clearly define or appreciate any of them. Not a pleasant experience, and somehow you end up feeling sick from over indulging, and desperately hungry and unfulfilled at the same time.
The drastic difference between these two experiences of course encourages you to avoid the food street markets and spend more quality time in quality restaurants.
Which is where I’m at – more deliberate and focused time with the books, less scattered and snatched time with the screen.
How about you? How much do you digest photography in books compared with online? How do each of these mediums impact how much you do of the other? And how does all of this influence your own photography?
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