I take the time to browse the internet photography web sites a few times each week. I like to keep up with trends, new equipment, tips and such.
Here’s the thing though; and I’ve written about this in my “Consumerization of Photography” article a while back, mobile devices seem to have taken over the photography press world, at least the mainstream photography press.
Today for example…
DXO Mark, 12 of 15 camera articles on their welcome page relate to cell phones and/or mobile devices.
DP Review, over a dozen cell phone related articles featured on their welcome page but in all fairness they do talk about other subjects from time to time.
PetaPixel, at least 6 featured articles on their news page are related to smartphones and mobile devices.
So what does all of this mean?
To me it tells me that these sites have lost the plot. They’ve allowed stories of marginal photographic devices to supersede their original concept. To my way of thinking, mobile devices are not what photography is about. Sure, these devices contain cameras, but as photographic tools they are consumer goods and not really what the art is about.
This won’t be happening on my blog, I can promise you that much.
Though I may write about equipment or trends from time to time, my focus is going to be about sharing my life’s experiences as a photographer. My blog is about photography and how it relates to me and my world and hopefully you’ll find some common ground or interests with my interests.
I will not acquiesce to the consumerization and selfie world that has overtaken the photographic press these past few years. My advertising, what little there ever is, will be about me and what I have to offer and I’ll never sell out to Google, Amazon, Best Buy or Apple.
Mobile devices are useful but the images they make are MUZAK to my ears.
So long as I’m a photographer, my photography blog will be about the subject of photography, not commercial/consumerism or fanboyism.
I promise you.