accessible art, and plain english
I believe that art is for everyone, not just the people who can talk about it in flowery language they learned at college.
It’s disappointing when you try to dig around for some new discussion, and you barely get a few sentences into any given article/post/artist statement without your eyes glazing over. The topics are solid, but for some reason people fall into a trap of speaking in a particular style of language when they talk about anything beyond shutter speed, aperture, and sharpness. And that language style encourages ambiguous wordsyness and shuns any notion of getting your point across clearly and simply. If you can says it three times in different ways and dance around the core meaning, why say it once, concisely?
This seems to be one of the main reasons that people who wouldn’t consider themselves interested in art-type photography (roughly as opposed to ‘here’s what I saw’ type photography, if I’m pushed to define it) are wary of getting into any conversations beyond the topic of whether the horizon is straight. I’m pretty sure that they actually do get something else from taking/making at looking at photographs, but feel intimidated because they aren’t familiar with that luvvie language and so write it off as a bunch of nonsense.
I should probably have a disclaimer at the bottom of every post saying that I think there’s nothing wrong when people aren’t interested in going beyond the purely visual, because of course you can’t dictate that everyone must see the world the way you do. But I do think that there’s a whole bunch of photographers who are missing out on stuff that they actually would be interested in, because all this flowery language nonsense puts them off.
I suppose the point of this post is to maybe make people think the next time they write something about photography beyond those level horizons, and try to do their bit to take away the ambiguity and luvvie-speak nonsense. I think Paul Butzi and Paul Lester, and in the archives (sadly he’s no longer posting) Colin Jago achieve this admirably on an almost daily basis, which is why they are my daily reads.