So much has been said about Instagram and Hipstamatic lately that I feel absolutely no desire to contribute to this discussion. What I do feel however that it might all have to do with the democratization of photography, like anywhere in art.
Technology is so easily and readily available nowadays. And at a lower price tag too. Now everyone with the will to practice a lot can achieve a reasonably high to very high standard of execution in photography and post-processing. Technology and technical knowledge alone isn’t enough anymore to differentiate. TV shows like The Voice of … or the X-factor proof that there are many gifted people on earth, but to become good you need a drive, the will to learn and practice a lot, and to never give up. But you also need the platform and in photography there have been enormous changes in the possibilities to share your photographs way beyond exhibitions at galleries and photography books.
I guess those who whine now are probably the first to realize these changes, but will be the latest to accept and adapt.
Photograph by Wouter Brandsma