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Slow Photo

Mon Mar 24, 2014, 2:35 PM
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I've read in facebook the Manifesto of Slow Photography Project… written by Diego Mormorio. I found it very interesting and so much in accordance with the way I am feeling toward photography these days.
I'd love to hear your opinion on is the english translation of the italian text:

Slow Photo is a way of living photography. Of considering it passion and fun, not separated from awareness and responsibility. As much as Slow Food doesn't mean eating slowly but eating well - with no rush, good, clean food, natural in the way it is produced, and with the goal of a less intensive machine farming - Slow Photo doesn't mean photographing slowly but photographing consciously. 
It means living photography as aesthetic experience and at the same time as a mental process and cultural commitment against consumerism. It is both a personal path and a civil statement.
Slow Photo is enjoying photography without being swallowed up by the society of products. 
For what concerns the technique, Slow Photo is not preclusive, it is not against digital, nor against analogic. Every technique can be used to practice a conscious photography.
For Slow Photo the author's value stays in the ability of the author to reach his purpose without being consumed by the instrument he is using. 
Slow Photo is not an aesthetic vision. It believes that whoever practices photography with consciousness, whatever the formal outcome, contributes if not at improving, at least at not worsening the world, and at reaching personal satisfaction.
Slow Photo is a way to share, dialogue, live photography friendly. In the society we are living in, it is a right of self-defense.

Diego Mormorio

In this 'social' society we are living in, everyday I am exposed to too many street photos, coming from sites, blogs, links. Too many opinions, stating everything and the opposite of everything. Images are produced and consumed too fast and with no control and self control, generating only confusion or boredom. Street photos must become more and more impressive to make an impact anymore, an impact which has to be immediate otherwise the image gets immediately lost in the myriad of images. Photos blur together, everything becomes the same, deja-vu, cliché. Nothing is enough. Enough original, enough new, enough of effect. We are accustomed to the unexpected. Boredom settles in. And at the same time we are or feel forced to adapt to this consumeristic view of photography. We try to keep up, to overproduce, to over-perform, to over-share, to conform to the most successful style at the moment, losing ourselves, our natural style or sensitivity, and we end up consumed and devoured, enslaved by our instrument. Maybe we should slow down a bit, accept less inspirations and incitements and give them time to settle in and grow in us. Maybe we should learn to reflect on what we are doing and on what we are seeing. Maybe this will mean being less social, hence less popular, but not less authentic. 
Maybe I am just rambling and this is just one more opinion, some more spam in a sea of spam. But for sure I feel like the more I watch photos, the less I feel like taking some...

I'd love to hear your opinion, on the Manifesto or on whatever you want :-)

P.S. I know it is lame, but this is the reason of my scarce activity in the last days, of my delay in watching and commenting. I need to detox. Please be patient with me.

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SUDOR Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Merci, thank you for Nils Labadie feature !!!
djailledie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I started to do a photo a day project 8+ years ago, which I carried for almost 3 years, then I reduced to a pace that I have maintained for 5+ years, which is 3 photos a week, 2/3 of them being street. So that's a lot of street! Yet, I feel that pressure of showing 2 or 3 street images a week as beneficial. This text raises some good points: the cliche-ization of images is definitely very fast due to the tremendous amount of photos showcased on the internet. But look at what you dd-ed today: one_nine_seven by OskarAlfonsIt is far from being cliche. Photographers learn by producing cliches, they have the right to do so, and some of them will grow and produce something better - not necessarilly popular, even if that particular image has both. 
I understand the "too much" feeling: "Stop, I can't take it anymore". That's why I am not active anymore in any club. I'll see almost only the images of the people I watch, and in 6 years around here, I have kept the list of people I watch stable - removing one when adding one. That way, I still enjoy seeing what the others have produced... My 2 cents!
EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
Patience with you? Always. :)
EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Photographer
I feel very sympathetic to this. There are all kinds of ways and many phases in which photographers and photography can benefit from slowing down.
- Everyone starts snapping without thinking, everything on "Auto" or "Easy" (been there, done it for many years) but we need to slow down and wonder about these things "focus", DoF, F/.. etc. to become technically good photographers and express ourselves with light and focus.
- We need to slow down in output and be more critical of what we put online.
- We need to slow down when watching individual pictures (not all, but at least some of them) to look for the beauty and meaning hidden in them. We have to be open to pictures that lack the fast and prize-winning appeal
- A photography without a place for "difficult" pictures will be all the poorer for it.
- Slow and conscious picture taking is only seemingly a contradiction with Street photography and it's "decisive moment". The pressing of the button is just a part of the whole process of photography. A picture that has typically been taken in a subconscious flow or reflex, may taking waiting, anticipating and imagining before it and long self-curating and thought afterwards.

Yay for slow pictures, slow cameras and slow photography, without ruling out digital and lightning reflexes. :)
myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thank you, Eric. Your comment is spot on, this is exactly what I had in mind while writing this journal.
EricForFriends Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're welcome, Mary. The article words very well how I felt when I was in a slump two or three years ago. The slump has gone, but I've stuck with the opinion. :)
wchild Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Photographer
Excellent reading and I can agree on many points. There are too many pictures available daily. I often think that also I shoot too much. I need to try to concentrate into the essence. A lesson for us all.
myraincheck Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
I think that the point is not the premeditation or intellectual act in photographing. What I mean for slowing down is that photography should be a way to slow down what you see. To stop it to look at it better, to look at its beauty before it is gone. But when everyday you are flooded by thousands of can you find the time to look or learn or get inspired? What I think is that 300 years ago a person would be able to watch maybe 500 photos in his whole life. Now I see 500 photos in a week only in dA inbox. They lose meaning. When I look at a photo is totally different. There I find my dimension and I can still appreciate the meaning of photography.
wchild Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Student Photographer
The inflation of imagery. :nod:
IFedorovskaya Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
great thoughts  but I agree 50/50... When you see a great background or light and wait for a right person you  think consciously very slow  to create a great composition... but when you see a scene on street there is no time to think - just shoot!
and I feel absolutely opposite - more I see photos more I want to take... :)
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