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An Impersonal Generation?

snegron

Cape Coral, Florida, US
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snegron Silver Member Nikonian since 05th May 2007
Wed 05-Jun-13 11:43 PM | edited Wed 05-Jun-13 11:47 PM by snegron

I came across this article today over at Dpreview and it got me thinking. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/arts/design/d-james-dee-plans-to-give-away-his-modern-art-archive.html?smid=pl-share


Sadly, what we as photographers consider valuable, the rest of the world does not. This photographer put in the effort to record and save images of other artist's work, now no one seems to find his efforts relevant.

During the past 20 years or so I have noticed a trend in this new generation of adults; people seem to care less about art or history and value more what technology can do to impress or entertain them. I don't know if real live person-to-person social skills have deteriorated as a result of social media (people now have hundreds of "virtual" friends, but little, if any, actual human beings they interact with face to face), or if we have evolved (maybe devolved?) into this impersonal society as a result of something else.

The wedding photography market is a perfect example of this. While 20 years ago I had clients who were interested in how well the photos and album would turn out, clients today only care about the lowest price possible; image quantity for sharing on social media is much more important that the actual quality of the images for this new generation. Photo-booths and guests with iPads are the name of the game today

Same with team sports photography. 20 years ago people wanted me to capture action shots, where as today folks only care about posed snapshots for sports cards prints. They do not value the art of photography (capturing the moment).

Yes, I'm probably simply getting old. However, this generation (people in their 20's 30's) today seems not to care about art or history as much as previous generations. There are a few exceptions, but overall this new generation seems impersonal to me. That impersonal trait is the root cause for not caring about art or history.

I know, the irony of this post is that I am sharing it on an online forum with folks whom I have never met in person, but from what I have gathered over the years here is that many of us Nikonians not only value technology but also art, history and human interaction as well

What are your thoughts?

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