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Saturday, 08 October 2011


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Very good! The follow-along link to Martin Parr's November, 2010 piece is even better.

Ha! It's worth digging this up every now and then. I remember reading it in Modern Photography (I think) back in the early 1970s. As I recall, inspired by Eddie Weston, I had been photographing cabbage leaves from Mom's garden with Dad's 35mm Kowa SE. I'm as guilty of photo cliches as most of us. Heck, what hasn't been photographed before?

I remember being in a camera club in the early 80s where pictures of swans, windmills, sunsets, windmills at sunset, swans at sunset etc were all very common.

My semi abstract photo of a top corner of my bedroom with the two walls, the door and ceiling all painted different colours was treated with disdain and laughter. It might not have been all that good, but at least I was trying to be different.

I think I gave up on that club after that.

Honestly, this reads like it could have been written by you, Mike. I mean that in the nicest way possible!


Crud. I was just about to go photograph a cabbage.

Pondering the last couple of lines. Seems to me it could be considered a rant against those ranting about cliches.

I feel as if I'm missing something here. To me, the last 3 lines of the oath invalidates the rest of the oath.

It's a sarcastic statement that says the best way to avoid photo cliches is to not take photos at all. I feel he's poking fun at the ranters vs being a ranter him self.

Hmmm... the sting is in the tail, in MF Agha's piece - "I will refrain from taking any picture of any description..."

This suggests one should give up photography altogether, presumably because all photos are cliches. Tongue-in-cheek one hopes, given the specifics of over-used subject matter in the preceding list...

Though I can't help feeling that it's HOW and not WHAT that matters in photography, as in art.

And for writers on photography, " I will not write another piece about subjects that aren't photo-worthy."

Heh. I like the two separate injunctions against shots of homeless.
There some that could be revisited though. Nude on a springboard for one. Unfortunately I have neither nude nor springboard to hand.
He also forgot "picture of your own shadow."

This post has inspired me to go forth and photograph a long line of nested shopping carts.

I can imagine Weird Al Jankovic singing about bell peppers to the tune of Bell Bottoms by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

I guess we hobbists have to defend ourselves if we want to keep onshooting, haven't we? This classic piece by Michael Reichmann could do...


I'm sure some of those nudes would be considered pornographic today!

Instagraming your meals is the new cabbage cliché (but at least we can now compare meals like we compare lenses).

I was thinking about this the other day when taking pictures and of course this article came to mind: http://www.luminous-landscape.com/columns/sm-03-06-01.shtml

I did not know M.F. Agha preceded you on this topic.

Superb read.

Has anybody ever tried conceptual photography? Save a lot of money on equipment, I bet.

And there goes that egg series I've been planning....

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