When you begin your approach to a subject you want to photograph do you feel intimidated at first because you seem to be floundering for a visual design to magically appear and compose the scene perfectly for you.
If your looking outside yourself for something to compose the image then your not listening to your inner landscape, your unique perspective on the world. Your time line is yours and yours alone and serendipity can sometimes create an obvious composition that stands out and begs to be created. But most often the composition you choose needs to be worked up to and explored before you can link it up with your inner focused attention.
The downside of consumer generate images, the mass produced nonsense that floods the market on a daily basis, it creates an atmosphere that plainly states that image creation is easy and anyone can create a good image. The problem with this approach is that yes anyone can create a decent image that looks and feels and looks like all the rest of the images uploaded to social media.
We might think we are above the herd instinct but we are still relatively new on this planet and we often, when taking images settle for the ordinary and frivolous instead of tapping into our inner visual design and express something we feel is a truth for us and just may have interest for others. In order to see the details that make the subject intriguing you need to have a sensitivity to your individuality. What interests you and how to create an image that reveals your inner sight.
The superficial image creation going on in today's photo stock market place inhibits the work that is needed in creating images of substance. Are we that shallow to think that all we need to do is point and shoot and the snap shot taken now has significance beyond the mundane existence it came from?
What makes a good stock image. I have given up trying to guess what a photo editor is looking for. As a matter of fact I really never allowed an editor to dictate to me how to create an image for stock photo purposes. Good, thoughtful imagery will always be in demand.
With the over abundance of imagery being taken and the willingness of the herd mentality to give these photographs away for free, the main problem is not the creative images being made but the competing with the crowd sourced imagery that is given away for nothing. If these images actually represented the authentic and natural organic flow of new unique expressions shouldn't they be worth their weight in gold. But they are not unique they are trivial and dumbed down expressions of lives longing for exposure. And they find their image exposure through businesses exploiting the availability of snap shots and feeding the masses with wonderful applause at their willingness to give their snap shots away, as if these copycat images had any true depth of the real human condition.
We hear pundits talking about these new trends of the real and authentic imagery. Of course a business is going to praise the image taker and call these images authentic representations of their buying customers. They are making money on the backs of image takers that don't see the value in their work.
But really all these images represent is an ego thrust outside itself, giving their snap shots away for the thrill of posted exposure on social media. This is not real life, this is strictly business. If you didn't have to pay for your hamburger wouldn't that be a heck of a lot better than forking over a few bucks. Of course it would. The mind is easily duped by praise and vanity.
The real problem today is can artists make enough income to generate a livelihood that is sustainable.