Paint by numbers photography or why you shouldn’t play follow the leader
There is a trend in landscape photography.
I have a couple of daughters in university. Both are taking genetics, biology, etc. and as a result we sometimes talk about what they learn in school.
One of the things that we have talked about is genetic diversity. You see the more diverse the gene pool is of any species the healthier it is. It is by being different that we are better able to survive.
Many years ago in North America, Dutch Elm Disease was introduced to the continent. Hundreds of thousand of elm trees across the the United States and Canada died. The elm trees, American Elms had no resistance to the disease and easily succumbed to it. Here in Edmonton as a result, our city has purposely planted a variety of trees to prevent the same thing occurring here again. Diversity in biology is a good thing.
I recently received an email from a well known photographer offering a very, very expensive course on how you could process your photos to look just like his. Now this photographer has been around for a few years and for better or worse there are plenty of clones trying their hardest to emulate what he does. The result is thousands upon thousands of landscape photos that look as if they were all taken by the same person at the same place. The skies all have the same overly dramatic look. The locations are all the same, probably because it takes no creativity or imagination to find someplace on your own? I don’t know but it is a sad commentary on how a creative art like photography has for too many become a case of paint by numbers or follow the leader.
Maybe photography isn’t biology but in the arts it is valuable to have as diverse and wide ranging outlook as possible.
ps. and YES Abraham Lake does have the best ice bubbles in Alberta Seriously. 🙂