Tuesday, May 17, 2011

David duChemin is Back in Stride!

After suffering multiple fractures from a near-fatal fall off a 15 foot wall in Italy a few weeks ago, David duChemin is once again posting material on his blog as good as anything he's written.

In his May 14 post, titled "No Such Thing As Better,"  duChemin takes on the photography community in what he calls a "good, proper rant."  Actually, he treats us to three rants.  And he doesn't hold anything back.

The first rant is about over-processed HDR images.  He says in one paragraph what some have had to spend chapters saying.  HDR is an incredible tool when subtly used, and sucks when it's used like a 2x4 across the head.

The second rant is about supposed experts offering mediocrity to their fans instead of seeking critics that will help them grow. And there's too much emphasis on gear instead of what it takes to make better art.

The third rant is about all that wasted breath over what's better. The only thing that's better is art ... and expression. As he says, "The best camera is the one you enjoy using."

DuChemin asks, "[Isn't it time to] return to the ongoing attempt simply to make photographs that are better and better at expressing ourselves and moving other people? That’s the only better that matters."

Read this posting.  And read it again.  David duChemin has his mojo back.

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