Nature, tropical vanishing point, heat, water
(“To me” are two of the most underappreciated words in the world. Thoughts on photography criticism, bottom of page.)
All photography and art, Jessie Carveth. 2017
Across the ramp
Photography critics famously disregard the difference between an opinion and a fact.
I’m starting a piece on 1. how to identify ungrounded opinion disguised as education, based on taste, not fact, presented as factual. (For example, when you see someone blog with the title, “What is Art Photography?”, be alarmed. You can be pretty sure the guy will be criticizing anyone who doesn’t see things his way. His definition will sound as if it’s reality, fact, instead of what it is, an opinion based on resentment and grudges, and so on.) And I’ll be investigating
2. some possible motives underlying the urge to educate (Tutorial personality disorder?)
Here’s an example of an opinion expressed as a fact from the great photographer Robert Frank.
“Black and white are the colors of photography.
To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”
The first sentence is an opinion stated as a fact. The second reveals the source: “me”.
“To Me” might be the most underappreciated words in all opinion pieces.
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