Sharing this little “list in development” from John Perivolaris who has been posting it on his Twitter stream recently.
I know I’m guilty of at least one of these, yet I also groan in the inward sense whenever I (frequently) read or hear other photographers talking in this glorified manner about
work photographs that leave me feeling totally blank.
Bullshit to impress #1: `Make work’ rather than photograph.
Bullshit to impress #2: Be `an artist who uses photography’ rather than a photographer.
Bullshit to impress #3: Talk about one’s `practice’ rather than one’s photographs.
Bullshit to impress #4: Always `explore’ or `question’ a theme rather than photographing something.
Bullshit to impress #5: Photograph empty places. Add long text about the immanent memory of an absent human presence. Job done. Punctum.
Bullshit to impress #6: Any suggestions?
Update: Added by duckrabbit…
In the spirit of the duckrabbit from reading these tweets Perivolaris comes across as anti art and anti artists.
1: nothing bullshitty talking about your work is there? (is is that for some of us)
2: some artists do work with photos. That’s just a fact. Seems daft to call them bullshitters just because they want to be known as artists?
3: As we’ve often said at duckrabbit, it’s all about ‘practise’ (darling).
4: Its narrow mind that doesn’t accept you can both photograph something and explore it, or question it.
5: This is a cliche.