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Monday, 11 October 2021


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#4 You know your old when, after all these years you still try and make a piece of 35mm film look good.

Is it a problem with Typepad that the é doesn’t ‘print’ in the sidebar? I though it was a typo or a cut-off the first time but now it’s missing from the plural too.

Here is a real Photo-No-No


“ I have to mention again that in general I'm frustrated by Instagram because all of the pictures are so small and there's no way to see larger versions.”

Yes! I hate that.
Only Pinterest is worse.

By the way, if you search (or reverse-image-search) a pic on Yandex, it will give many (often amazingly many) examples of very similar pictures.

Eolake Stobblehouse

I would interject that on a modern, big (say 30-inch) monitor, a photo is bigger than most prints I have seen, and the contrast and colors are much better.


Your headline has a glitch
Says not "cliches" but "clichs"

From the tent photos -- I did my first more than 40 years ago. Who knows, maybe I helped start the meme. But how many have done it with Kodachrome 64?

One can view Instagram on a desk-top computer and a large monitor. One simply can't post on a desk-top computer.

I’m surprised no one has mentioned Kodak’s “Picture Spots”, which I remember from my early travels. Almost as common as the Burma Shave signs.

A show of Adams’ work ar the Bellaggio in Vegas several years ago had 4 versions of "Moonrise Over Hernandez," All quite different and illustrative of what “post production” could in the darkroom.

Every photographic subject imaginable has been pretty much cliched- to death. The challenge is to present it anew. One simply has to persevere- in seeking out the wheat from the chaff in others' work, as well as one's own.

More people are now involved in photography than ever before, but without the commitment, without the time spent dedicated to the craft, its history and its process- most are simply satisfied with reaching that level of cliche that garners... "likes." That's where most of the instant gratification lies, and that's where most people choose to stay. It gets scary venturing beyond that safe place.

I use the Insta_Repeat site in a course I teach, at the conclusion of an exercise designed to get the students to recognize a few important things about photography.

For the main part of the exercise, I get them to submit a photograph a few days in advance of the class; the photograph must have some personal significance to the student. Before class, I pair up each of their pictures with one of its many doppelgangers, which I can usually find somewhere on the Internet in under a minute. Sometimes I can find one made by a different person who was standing in the same spot. In class, I show them the pairs.

This exercise opens the door to interesting conversations about authenticity and originality in photography, and the characteristics of photos that make them accessible to other people. These are both relevant concerns because the course is about making photographs that will engage viewers around a sustainability topic of their choosing. I see it as an important step on their journey to being more intentional in their photography.

Insta_Repeat is a nice way to end the session on a slightly humorous note; there's always one student willing to confess to having made the kinds of photos that show up in the Insta_Repeat collages.

I use a "Max" iPhone with a glorious screen and still the pictures in Instagram are tiny, but at least they are detailed and with vibrant colors. I find that this significantly affects what kinds of images "work" there; especially graphic images that work in thumbnail format tend to do well. This leaves a lot of work that's not all that well presented on the platform, e.g. works of Richard Misrach or Thomas Struth would likely not look good in that tiny format.

In addition to the small display format, the visual clutter is an impediment to presenting pictures on Instagram. Thus, I started adding small white frames to my pictures to introduce a sense of calm and so far I like the result. The downside is obviously that the pictures are smaller still, but at least they don't visually bump into the surrounding icons.

All in all I think Instagram is an interesting platform for seeing a large variety of pictures (within arbitrary moral standards of course), but with all the limitations its main audience isn't really photographers.

I love TOP, and I support it, but this is another post that's been ruined for me because I don't, and won't, have an Instagram account. :(

You might enjoy my friend and BME colleague Julie Hrudova's Street Repeat:


I followed the links in your post. One lead to an extract from Adams' 'Examples: The Making of Forty Photographs', which includes the following: "... I made a few passable negatives that day and had several exasperating trials with subjects that would not bend to visualization. ... I saw my desired image quite clearly, but due to unmanageable intrusions and mergers of forms in the subject my efforts finally foundered ...".

When I am struggling but failing to wrest a mental vision into a photographic image, it always makes me feel better to remember that what is happening to me (as it so often does) also happened (if only occasionally) to one of the great photographers, who also was quite prepared to acknowledge that it happened in writing.

About your Instagram frustration: I was reading this brilliant post from Tim at Leicaphilia and his comment on Instagram instantly resonated with me -- probably will be the same for you Mike:

(...) posting on Instagram is an exercise in abject futility and personal humiliation, embodying everything wrong with photography or what’s left of it. Post something that works – the photo that opens this article being a perfect example – crickets. (The one photo I liked best from the entire trip got zero likes.) Post photos of your lunch, or pretty girls making stupid faces, and the ‘likes’ pour in. I need that like I need a hole in my head. Lesson learned: Instagram is worthless – social media monkeys chasing their tails in order to have something they post get ‘liked.’ Why anyone voluntarily submits to such indignity is beyond me.

From http://leicaphilia.com/notes-from-home-2

(I particularly liked the ending!)

I was fortunate to see Moonrise at Eastman Museum several years ago. Actually there was a “straight” print also displayed, which was a far cry from a final version. Also displayed was a copy of the original negative. Seeing how a final print was rendered in comparison to the original was truly amazing; Ansel’s abilities as an interpreter and craftsman of printing was on full display.

"this is another post that's been ruined for me because I don't, and won't, have an Instagram account." (posted by PaulW ^^^)

I too don't, and won't, have/get an IG account; for me, this article affirms that choice.

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