Thursday, July 28, 2011

Farewell nifty

The other day I sold my "nifty-fifty" 50mm f/1.8. It was the second lens I bought and it had some emotional value, but in the end I just couldn't rely on its AF for my uses.

Some will probably say I'm crazy for selling on a mk1 version of the lens, as it's somewhat of a rarity, but I'd rather someone who would put it to better use have it than I keep it just gathering dust.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The frame makes the artwork

First a rhetorical question: what is art?

As with all things, that is relative. Beauty is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder. But where everybody have their own opinion on beauty, what is art is very often as dependant on the context as the substance.

Take, for example, a world-class violinist and place him in the subway, and very few will recognize him for what he is. Put him on a stage in front of an orchestra and people will pay several hundred dollars to see him perform.

And in an example from the other end of the scale, take a virtually talentless videographer and give him the tools needed to make derivative pop art, boosted by the words of already known street artists, and you have people flocking to his exhibition.

What to make of all of this? Simply put, people can not recognize art by themselves; bombarded with impulses, people need a large message, something to grab their attention saying "hey, look at this, this is really nice". Art needs a frame. Present a person with 100 of the best photographies on postcard-sized prints the reaction will be muted, but show him a really large print and the reaction will grow proportionate to the print size. This is what he is used to seeing as art, this is what he imagines it is like to walk around in a museum looking at all those large, splendid works of art. To him, it is equal to art, because it is presented to him in a form he recognizes as art.

If you want to be a big artist, make big art.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Small things

A collection of gear wouldn't be complete without loads of small things, so here are some that can always find a place...
Green EOS strap (because I like something a bit less conspicuous than the EOS DIGITAL with red)
PC sync cable
Looooong 3.5mm stereo cable (I use them for my homemade sync connectors)
Sandbags (for holding down lightstands, don't know exactly where to get those)
Film (Fuji's Superia is what I usually use)