It’s sad, but when you think about it, the art of photography has been dragged through the mud by all the smartphones out there. On any given moment, a tremendously large number of “photographs” are snapped around the globe followed by silly little things like #burger #bliss #glory. Who cares what you had for lunch?
But it’s modernity, and I’m guilty of it too.
There was a time when photographs were so precious, not to mention relatively expensive, that they were reserved for special occasions like weddings and birthdays. And before hitting the shutter button, you always had to stop breathing to avoid wasting the exposure (there was no undo).
The trailer to Michael Apted’s upcoming documentary Bending The Light got my blood flowing with nostalgia for those old times. Not that the it focuses on the past, but it seems to me that the emphasis of his film is on a pure connection between artist and photography — a connection that most people born in the 21st century will never experience because “here’s my dog sleeping #cute #snoringloudly #cantfocusonanything.”
Without further ado, here’s his trailer: