Photographers and journalists know there very presence affects the situation and therefor the nature of the store. When traveling part of the experience is capturing the experience. And so to capture the true experience of the moment one actually needs someone else to capture the moment.
Above shots taken on the Truck Train North West of Kyoto last month. First one by my good friend Mottoaki Niwa of me taking the subsequent photo. As the photographic habit empowered by infinite storage and ease of sorting with increasing meta data such as GPS location grows will we people aim to capture a different sort of image that doesn't just capture what they saw but an overall sense of the moment? Such as the photo of the photo.
As we all increasingly become our own mini-media property how will it shape what we record and what we share? Party pictures are getting better and teen lockers are plastered with American Apparel, Sartorialist or Last Night's Party inspired imagery. Even if they don't know what those are.
It's neat to think the average photographic skill of the general population is moving higher, even if they don't actually know the math and science of what they are doing. There is negligible barrier and cost to trial and error. When in doubt, shoot. Practice makes perfect(er.) This means we are able to see consumers at a broader level achieve a more sophisticated imagery language. Like how everyone gets a back and forth edit between faces in film is a conversation. Will increasing artistic appreciation of imagery expand the language of imagery. Will tolerance for bad, overposed and over photoshopped imagery decline? Will simultaneous foreground and background narratives increase?
And as the masses get better and raise the bar so too will the pros. The talented and industrious are always stay two steps ahead. Can't wait to see where they go next.
For camera manufacturers are they looking to bake in the distribution mechanisms people are growing accustomed to with camera phones? How about real time web capabilities, not just to instantly upload GPS tagged images, but receive content, relative to location? If Flickr is the ultimate passive recommendation system, how can they encourage increased public content and aid more inspired content? The photographic technolgoy is most cameras is pretty good, how can the user experience help the camera operator to use the inheret technology even better? I'm sure they are, just hope the innovation get through mission statements and focus groups...
For those of you keeping score, it would appear as though the blogging hiatus itself is on a hiatus. I don't disagree, but have no idea what's ahead. Should be fun. Buckle up your chinstraps.