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August 12, 2012


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Hello people of dA!

In the last weeks I'm getting the impression that there are many people out there that can easily be compared to fast food customers...

Finding many nice pictures in a few seconds, FAVING IT ALL, so that one can look it up later, when one has the time... (What maybe will never happen :confused: )  YES, I would call it "fast food art". It's the same issue like in music. People having thousands of music files on their gear, listening to just what their mood fits best at that time, spending no time to think or even really LISTEN to the music. And that's the point I am trying to make here;

We should not consume art like it was fast food or any MP3-file on our iphone. It's really not about having lots of favourites. What counts must be quality, not quantity. And I mean, is there any artist out there that does NOT feel sad if his or her art is faved for about a hundred times but having just a few people who leave at least a comment like "I like it!" ?
Do we really have that less time nowadays? We spend hours playing with our smartphones, watching TV or the Olympics, but when it comes to art we feel like we must give thousands of favs without even looking at an artwork for about ten seconds?

I think that it is no secret - it's even OBVIOUS - that many people select their images of interest by the way a thumbnail is looking. Yes, we always search for the special images, the ones that make us say: 'WOW !!! Mindblowing!!!' Oversaturation doesn't look good, but hey; I get more favs using it, so it must be good to do so.

Is that the way we want to think about art? We should stop running through galleries as if they would collapse at any moment, while we are going through them. We should be realistic! We will never see all of those great images, we have to limit our minds on at least SOME of them. We cannot hunt through dA searching for the ultimate images ending up in not even looking for about five seconds at the great images we find in so many artist's galleries!

Additionally, I just can recommend to slow down. I mean, if you really want to increase your skills you have to learn by analysing or even understanding why and how an image that is fascinating to our eyes , 'works' that good! It's a question of reflection, not a question of racing through dA, please think of that.

For sure, there are people out there, just collecting art for pleasure, not aiming to learn anything about photography but please think of this:

Almost every artist is happy about the appreciation of his/her art. And this is why we should show our respect and our interest by slowing down, taking some time to look at images we like, to think about these images and putting this inspiring moment into a small but nice comment that everyone will be happy about, that would be just great :)

By the way: I am looking for people from all over the world to get in contact, to increase my English skills in writing and speaking (skype), to learn about art or just to help out in specific situations.

Finally, I hope you enjoy the artworks presented by me and other artists here on dA.
You can support this journal by faving it, if you want to :)
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me.

  • Mood: Artistic
  • Reading: Kahneman - Thinking, fast and slow
  • Watching: And I can just recommend that book! :)
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Optionator Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi Jan, das Wort "Fast food art" gefällt mir! Trifft den Nagel auf den Kopf! Man muss lernen in dem trüben Wasser hier die sehr guten Bilder und Fotografen nicht zu übersehen.
Erst heute wurde ich auf die traurige Tatsache aufmerksam gemacht das manche Bots benutzen um wahllos :+fav:´s raus zu hauen nur um auf sich aufmerksam zu machen. Leider hat der Kerl damit Erfolg gehabt!
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013

Das ist echt armseelig. Von Pageviews kann man sich ja doch nichts kaufen und wenn man die fürs Ego braucht?! nunja, mir sind die ziemlich egal :)

rhipster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree at 200%.
(Sometimes I have to fight with myself to slow down :))
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Glad you agree :)
Thanks for reading!

I am sure reflexion is something that is getting more rarely every day. People are doing a lot of things without considering the WHY and the worth of it.

They are running fast to get somewhere. But as they have not thought about the direction, they are wasting their lives.
muntoo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
One day, I shall look at all my favorites (well, my Best collection anyways, because looking at all my collections will be impossible).

Skipping to the end, I have realized that what I considered best over an year ago actually belongs in my "Best III" or "Best IV" collections now.

Ah, progress is a double edged sword -- I cannot appreciate everything to the same degree, but I can appreciate some things even more.
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Thanks for reading :)

I hope you find time to look at your favourites and to learn from them :)
OlivierAccart Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Photographer
Good thoughts!
I just know that my favorites come from the bottom of my heart, shock, unmistakable emotion.
I fave impulsively, or not.

For my own work, I try to do the same : I publish evreything I like, I feel, not minding a future success.
If some of my photos have been viewed by only one person (there are some) I have to feel it's enough, not so bad (difficult but ...) !
And sometimes my expectation confirms, months later I have a comment of someone who got a mind-travel with it ... So it was not only my pleasure, it was usefull !

Quality over quantity, as you said.

Thanks Jan
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Thanks for reading :)

"I publish evreything I like, I feel, not minding a future success"
Very good attitute! :clap:

What do you mean by "mind-travel" ? :) It sounds interesting!
OlivierAccart Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Photographer
It was real pleasure to read you !

I had a few days ago a young polish lady who had an 'experience' with one of my photos ... one which had very few views during several months, I was a bit disappointed because that photo was one of mines I prefer ...

She said 'When i saw this picture, quite a lot of time go by, before i come down on earth. Thank you ever so much, for that moments of oblivion'

I invite you to follow our dialog if you want : [link]
It was a great moment for me, nothing could please me more in my photographer life !

She had what I call a 'mind travel', I think ...
I have similar experiences often, in front of an image or in real life ...
That's why we are here, isn't it ?

Your pictures provokes mind-travels too, Jan !
Thinking-Silence Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Very nice experience! Indeed.

I like when pictures make me dream or think about something.
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