Bavarian style

2012, Photography

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.

A couple Bavarian style

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


2010, Photography

Don’t we all have a desire to be distinguishable? A desire to be different or to distinct from others? Or to have something that makes you distinctive? Maybe the word snobbery is a bit harsh and echoes too much negative sentiments, but how bad is it to be different and/or distinctive? And how much does this apply to your photography?

Some work hard on a distinctive style, something of their own. Others try to be very knowledgeable. Some are more elitist as some kind of photo curator, while others claim to be even more distinguishable because they make a living as a photographer. Some hold on to their gear, while others on the lack of it. For some film remains the real deal, while others just don’t care.

As long as your desire remains there to improve, to learn, to be respectful, I think there is no problem to have something a of snob edge. Be yourself, enjoy what you do, and appreciate what others are doing matters too.

Photograph by Wouter Brandsma