Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] going beyond family photography
From: "Steve Barbour" <>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 08:38:14 -0700
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Actually BD... I do understand and truly could not agree  more.

You do have a compelling  and discrete way of saying it.

I am afraid that if we raise the standards higher, my own images will fall
further from the mark.....

What I like about this forum is that it is the intellectual  (internet)
equivalent of cafes in Paris early in the  (last) century... but what do I

It's like life... if you have a tough hide,  you can learn from it.


> Come on, Steve, you of all people know what I'm saying - even if I have
> it in a loud rude manner..;-)
> B. D.

> Geeze,  Louise's always with  hesitation that I announce my
> PAW... now I'm putting on my flak jacket,  man.
> Steve

BD suggested...

> > Eric - Keep doing what you are doing! This "serious photography" thing
> > such total and utter crap I don't know where to begin in trying to deal
> with
> > it.
> >
> > Why is taking a shot of a nude "serious photography," when shooting a
> mother
> > and child isn't? Why is taking a bunch of mediocre tourist photos of a
> > European city "serious photography" when doing good photography of your
> > family isn't?"
> >
> > I'll make a lot more enemies than I probably already have on this list
> and
> > say that the vast majority of what is taken and posted here is
> > mediocre, run of the mill snap shots that everyone either ooooos and
> aaaaahs
> > over, or, as has more recently been the case, plays art critic with -
> > I'm not making an claims to seriousness or greatness myself, believe
> But
> > there is this really sad belief that if one goes out and takes a
> basically
> > crappy photo of a bum in the street, but uses a Leica, it's a "serious
> > photograph." Or if one takes an utterly vapid shot of two people
> in
> > a public place, it's meaningful "street photography." Sorry guys,

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