Finally – I Get It. Why I’m Out of Touch.

Summary – Now I understand my disdain for vintage photo effects – and most other things that don’t represent good photos (at least good photo craftsmanship). And lots of other Facebooky, Instagrammy stuff, too. I’m a behind-the-times curmudgeon. 😉

I’d like to recommend this article

Most especially if you’re male & of baby-boomer age

But – others will get something from it as well

If nothing else – why we old guys are

Photography curmudgeons

Take a look at the comments, too – very interesting

Click on this image to go to the the article

Writing and images ©Kirk R. Tuck – Visual Science Lab

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PS – Off-topic (but explains sending you elsewhere)

My wife does NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month

Every November

This year she (who must be obeyed)

Invited me to be a co-author

I needed to write 5 blog posts

Pre-scheduled for five days (this is #5)

To clear time to do my initial part

Story line –

Zed, an amateur photographer, takes a photo that leads to problems. It seems that it includes something that a group of international terrorists don’t want revealed. Any resemblance between persons living and dead is purely coincidental…. 😉

See you soon….


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6 thoughts on “Finally – I Get It. Why I’m Out of Touch.

  1. Great article. When I consider the local camera club I see maybe three or four people below age 40. The rest are old coots like me.

    We shoot Nikons or Canons (and that one guy who shoots Leicas). And we all shoot the same things – birds, flowers, landscapes, butterflies and grandchildren. The same people win the monthly and annual competitions. And heaven forbid if you use HDR.

    Then I look at Tumblr and Instagram and am blown away by photos that are essentially 72-pixel grab shots.

    • I think your description nails it. I can also see it reflected in the profiles of many followers of this blog. I’m preaching to the choir in many cases, but then, there’s nothing wrong with that. Life would be boring if everyone liked & did exactly the same things.

  2. The article is wrong. Sorry, only read the first few sentences and then stopped. But these were wrong already. Come to Asia and look around yourself in some of the Megacities — Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai is what I was able to sample recently. There are lots of people (mainly men, yes, but also quite a few women) in their 30s-40s walking around with full-size DSLRs. I don’t recognize Nikon models when I see them, but for Canon I often spot 5D’s and almost exclusively lenses with red rings. Quite a few of them with grey housings. It may be different in North America but the reason may rather be your famous recent shutdown than whatever the article may reason further down (which I didn’t read, admittedly). Not all hope is lost…

    PS: Oh, and who is going to teach all these people about visual design?

    • Maybe if you had read the entire article…. Before writing a comment that itself seems longer than the amount of material you claim to have read.

      But, whatever – we all have our own points of view, especially as how things apply personally to *ourselves*. You obviously have yours.

      I referenced the article partly tongue-in-cheek as a follow up to my railing against the current trend toward vintage antique photos – nothing else. (Plus I needed a quick & easy post.) I guess you missed that.

      Not sure how the “recent shutdown” applies to any of this nor do I wish to continue this conversation.

      Over & out………………

  3. The article is right on, and rightly so. Not that those who use/enjoy/etc the old ways and challenges should not continue to do so, but many of them should/must?? realize that younger people (as they always have) embrace change and more and more focus on the message/remembrance/etc that a photo brings to when viewed. And not so much on the perfection/detail/etc (and in some cases the misrepresentation (in attempting perfection??)) of what was actually seen or why the photo was taken.

  4. Thanks, Gene. Those imperfect but precious photos of Grandma & Grandpa Pergar’s place are a case in point.

    No two photographers make every image for the same reason – nor are all photographs important (perfect?) for the same reason.

    All or none, black or white, my way or the highway – these are the things that drive me nuts.

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