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Photography in Abundance

December 4, 2011

If you have a digital camera, here’s a question for you – have you ever counted how many photographs on the average you take a month? I bet at least a few hundred? What do you do with them – how many are deleted, how many end up on facebook, flickr or your blog and how many do you actually get printed?

The technology we have today is marvelous. Most of the digital cameras are fully automated and offer auto-focus, auto-flash and all kinds of shooting modes. The newest models are even more impressive – they tend to have face detection and even smile detection! That’s why it’s getting harder and harder to take photographs that have to be exterminated by hitting the “delete” button. I’d say it’s very good news for any photography fan, yet the websites, that offer photo-hosting services, have to cope with an enormous number of images each day!

Dutch artist Erik Kessels and his latest installation called “Photography in Abundance” illustrates how, according to him, “we’re exposed to an overload of images”. In Amsterdam at FOAM museum he has created an interesting room, which he filled with one million images – he downloaded and printed out every picture uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period!

Photograph: © Gijs van den Berg/Courtesy of FOAM Magazine

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Simple Facts:

There are more than six billion photos on Flickr at the moment.

The exact same number of photos are uploaded to Facebook every two months.

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Well, seeing that heap of photographs and still trying to sell my photo prints online, it was very nice to read John Naughton’s words: “although it’s become much easier to take photographs that are technically flawless (in terms of exposure and focus), it’s just as difficult to capture aesthetically satisfying images as it was in the age of film and chemicals. It turns out that technology is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for creating art.”

As we are speaking about photography and as Christmas is only round the corner, let me announce Decor-Art’s first International GiveAway!

Winter Jewels by Kristina (Decor-Art Team)

You can win the above wintery A4 photo print. All you have to do is leave a comment under this post; if you can’t think of anything to say, just put “I Love Art”.

The winner will be announced next Saturday (10th of December), make sure you leave your comment before the midnight on Friday.

Good luck everyone!

One Comment leave one →
  1. December 5, 2011 10:23 pm

    I take loads of photos most of them are not that brilliant but I hardly ever delete any. Your photograph is really beautiful and ” I Love Art “.

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