(photograph by eric rose, curator of the premoment.)
to whom it may concern, the more well-known photography blogs and websites have been frustrating me for years now. constantly rotating the same handful of photography portfolios and interviews, whether they’re new (aka inexperienced) or have been in the business for ages. i suppose really, they’re not too different from the galleries that were around and still are around today. why do curators stick to the same routine of re-blogging and re-granting the same artists? i don’t care if it’s a genuinely interesting photographer, in my mind the purpose of running one of these blogs, websites, or even galleries is to share different photographs with the world that might be difficult for the average person to find otherwise; to inspire and help people connect. the photographers i see frequenting these sites are the same photographers that i can find anywhere and everywhere on the internet. it’s hard, especially with the visually over-stimulated world of tumblr, which i think should discard the whole “reblog” thing in the first place, and then of course there’s the blogs of magazines which only seem to want to use the same photographers for every issue, even through the internet. i understand (and am grateful for) the desire to share the photographs of some incredibly inspirational photographers, regardless of their popularity, but what i don’t understand is the trend of photographers that rely heavily on their subject matter being famous, overly-styled (eye-catching by default,) homeless people, or the now-classic “lolita” girls. to each his/her own, but i am just tired of seeing the same thing in constant rotation (subject matter being just one example of a trend amongst photographers.) there are so many inspiring photographers, both past and present, and i feel like they all need the support of a community, even if only web-based.
just a few of my favourite photography sites out there are the premoment, MPD, 500 photographers, aCurator, fecal face POTD, we can shoot too, i love that photo, too much chocolate, american suburb x, and hamburger eyes.
most importantly, as an individual especially, please don’t just re-blog the photographs that move you and leave it at that. think about the photograph, and then the person and what they might have gone though to make it. contact them, buy their prints, buy their books, hire them, or even just let them know what you think.
if you have any more suggestions, i would love to see them.