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____________________[PRO] photography has become an addiction


"Photography, now film free, has become an addiction"

NYT/IHT публикует статью о цифровой фотографии, о том, как она изменила само понятие фотографирования, и какими бедами всем нам это грозит - We simply can't stop shooting.

мне этот текст показался очень интересным и, как говорят в народе, личностно-релевантным. так что я, пожалуй, скопирую его сюда весь, и даже попытаюсь прокомментировать между строк. в смысле, попытка-не-пытка (никогда не понимал это выражение; по-моему, ещё какая).



We simply can't stop shooting
By Amy Harmon The New York Times

The baby pictures just kept coming. At least once a month Suzanne Weber opened her e-mail to find the same friend had sent a link to as many as 50 pictures, often including multiple shots of the same child at the same moment at slightly different angles. Finally Weber, who enjoys the occasional digital baby snapshot as much as anyone, stopped responding, and the friend, taking the hint, stopped sending.

Weber's e-mail, however, is by no means picture-free. Like many regular Internet users, she estimates that she will view more than 1,000 (why stop? it's free) digital pictures this year of friends, family and their assorted offspring. And she has some unequivocal advice for snap-happy e-mail correspondents everywhere.

"Edit your pictures, people," said Weber, a writer in Brooklyn whose pen name is Anita Liberty. She suggests no more than three pictures by e-mail, no more than 12 to an online "album," no albums more than twice a year. (Exceptions may apply for grandparents and best friends.)

[ежу понятно, что ничего вообще слать мэйлом не надо; надо складывать картинки на какой-нибудь фотосервер типа fotki.com и/или ставить в свой блог]

Weber is not alone in her plea for restraint. At a time when people around the world are indulging in an unparalleled binge of personal picture-taking [это некрасивый наезд; ради красного словца оплёван мощный социальный феномен], and some digital photographers find themselves drowning in the product of their enthusiasm [то же самое], the notion is dawning that even in a digital realm, less may still be more.

[товарищи не понимают, что скоро объёмы производимой видеопродукции будут измеряться терабайтами на юзера; например, непрерывная съёмка всего происходящего со мной и вокруг меня шестью камерами высокого разрешения; и так всю жизнь]


Some critics warn that a great photograph's singular power to trigger memory may be at risk. For many people a photograph they have seen a thousand times itself becomes the memory. With digital pictures it is rare for a single photograph to achieve that kind of status.

[это вообще очень сильное ля-ля; соверешенно голословное, напоминающее угрозы про исчезновение памяти (совести, чести и вообще девственности) при появлении письменности. фетишизация формата, как и обычно]

"When you have hundreds of pictures where you used to have one, people are less likely to ever go back to look at any of them," said Nancy Van House, a professor in the school of information management and systems at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the social use of photography.

"A lot of people are getting to the point in their digital photography now where it's becoming a problem."

[тоже ни на чём не основано. цифровые картинки и смотрятся, и показываются в десятки раз чаще, чем аналоговые, и это будет только нарастать с появлением новых каналов. и это все не говоря про размещение в интернете, на тех же фотках, например, или на фликре; но про это они пишут тоже.

у этой нанси очень много публикаций в сети, названия звучат интересно, может быть, я про них тоже потом напишу]


Tinamarie Fronsdale, who is the keeper of her extended family's photos, shot more than 300 pictures after getting her first digital camera last year. She saved some on CDs and printed others. [200-300 фотографий - это мой средний "фотодень"; не каждый день - фотодень, разумеется]

But she has not used the camera in months.

"It's too much," said Fronsdale, 47, a special-education teacher. "Looking back at our family pictures from our childhood, I see it isn't important to have so many pictures. [хум хау, разумеется] We do not need to record every moment." [так-то кто бы спорил; хотя - как я уже писал в связи с 24/7/365 видео, может статься, что и выбора не будет]

The idea of passing on hundreds of CDs filled with pictures to her nephews was wholly unappealing, Fronsdale said, when she realized they would never casually pull them out the way she did with an old-fashioned photo album when she and her mother were recently reminiscing about a family friend.

[это важный вопрос, на самом деле; современные инструменты очень плохо заточены для показа (шеринга) фотографий. я не имею в виду онлайн-галлереи или блоги, а как раз инструменты "для бабушек". да и другим бы тоже не помешало. здесь бы надо поставить ссылку на один интересный концепт... но я его, наверно, тоже потом отдельно поставлю]

In the United States, amateur photographers produced 28 billion digital pictures last year, six billion more than they shot on film, even though only half as many own a digital camera, according to the market research firm InfoTrends. That does not count pictures deleted before being printed or transferred for storage.

People are not just switching formats. They are taking more pictures, 13 billion more last year on film and digital combined than in 2000, when the price of digital cameras began to decline. The number of albums compiled using Kodak's popular Ofoto software (now called EasyShare Gallery) jumped nearly 90 percent in 2004.

[как я и писал, социальный феномен огромной силы; и как водится, он не просто добавит немного бремени к существующим (когнитивным и социальным) практикам, он и просто перепишет в какой-то момент; то есть, в этот самый какой-то момент мы начнём думать/делать/жить по другому. см. кейс про интернет]

In an era when no moment passes that is not a photo opportunity, pet owners compile vast photo archives of their cats and dogs, teenagers wielding cellphone cameras take pictures of one another to fight boredom, and it is not uncommon to receive dozens of pictures documenting a baby's first few hours of life.

Many new photographers - and the newly prolific - extol [красивое слово] a new category they call ephemera. It might include a picture of an interesting glove on the sidewalk [йесс! смотри соответствующую запись в соответствующем коммьюнити]. Seen through the lens of a camera that never requires its owner to pay for film, the mundane takes on new meaning [вот оно! вот оно! the mundane takes on new meaning - см. журнал aman_geld за последние три года]

It is partly the pleasure of immediacy that propels people to take all those pictures [ммм... удовольствие есть, и оно как-то связано с непосредственностью во времени, но, как мне кажется, эта не та immediacy, которую они имеют в виду]. Many digital photographers describe the immediate gratification as addictive. [и это тоже есть, безусловно, но на что именно подсаживаешься, описать трудно]

But Jim Lewis, a novelist who wrote an opinion article for Wired magazine titled "Memory Overload", suggested that it was the hollowness of the gratification that fuels the addiction [статья дурацкая; не боли голова, я, может, и мягче бы сказал, но уж фиг].

"You take the picture to capture the memory of being there, but if you take the picture, you aren't really there," Lewis said by telephone. "You're trying to satisfy a hunger which is actually being created by the activity." [хрень зелёная, чистой воды. не знаю, как другие, я не take the picture to capture the memory of being there. capture the memory вообще удивительно плохая метафора]

In his article Lewis compared mushrooming digital photography [роль грибочков в цифровой фотографии] to a map of the world that grows in detail "until every point in reality has a counterpoint on paper, the twist being that such a map is at once ideally accurate and entirely useless, since it's the same size as the thing it's meant to represent." [борхеса на него не хватает]

Michael Kuker does not see a problem with that. He has deposited 9,946 [мой архив перевалил за 40.000 не так давно] images on his hard drive since buying a digital camera two years ago. The no-risk nature of the technology, he said, has emboldened him to express himself. He shot 200 pictures of a bridge in Redding, California, and saved them all.

"Once it hits my computer, it stays, even if I don't like it," Kuker said. "In a historical context, 20 to 30 years down the road, someone else might find it interesting."

[вот сразу видно - наш человек! и картинки у него хороши - см. ниже]

Or even tomorrow. Like many protophotographers, Kuker has been inspired to take more pictures to attract an audience online. He belongs to Flickr, a photography Web site (www.flickr.com) where half a million people have sent 8.2 million pictures since it opened for business last summer.

Caterina Fake, Flickr's founder [ха-ха, надо же с такой фамилией - и основать фликр! ирония_судьбы], argues that people just have to get used to a new way of interacting with photographs [вот где правда и зарыта - new way of interacting with photographs; то есть, с самим собой, на самом деле, и с другими людьми]. The digital deluge may make it harder for single images to stand out, but it offers greater intimacy with friends and family and a new means of communication among strangers.

"The nature of photography now is it's in motion," Fake said. "It doesn't stop time anymore, and maybe that's a loss [да никогда оно этого и не делало]. But there's a kind of beauty to that, too."

Adam Seifer, the founder of another photo-sharing site, www.fotolog.net, said the glut of pictures is a problem only when they are channeled to the wrong audience [супер-правильно!]. Seifer, who takes a picture of every meal he eats, concedes that his mother-in-law might not be interested in those pictures.

"It becomes sort of the new spam," he said.

But Seifer's food log receives 15,000 visits a week from people who are apparently interested. If photographers save the baby pictures for their mothers-in-law, Seifer argues, and store the rest in a central location where others can choose to view them or not, no one would suffer from overload.

Still, even among enthusiastic photo sharers, there are signs of paring down.

"I'm thinking of going on an image diet," Frederick Redden, 52, of Stuart, Florida, wrote on a Flickr discussion board. Yet his plan to delete some of the 250 pictures he had put up, based on unpopularity, was met with cries of disapproval. [нэ наш чэловэк, нэ наш]

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картинка наверху удачно подобралась сегодня в джиме. в вот оригинальная картинка. справа - как раз тот самый kuker с картинками, а сверху - мисс weber.


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