I'm done! I have an iPhone in my pocket. Resistance is over. Let's see how much of a collateral cannibalism that is.
When the big Macs have appeared (not the burgers) I was thrilled I could work with my digital pictures and see unseen details and colours.
Then the trips forced me to use more and more the 13" laptop and 'guess' the details. But we (I) didn't stop there. We (I) needed to have it all in a pocket.
And all of the sudden we are all 'reading' fine pictures at thumbnail size. We like, admire and applause tiny images based on extremely altered aesthetic criteria.
Simple geometry, oversized subjects, bright coloured or high contrasted areas, are the new ingredients.
Who would go and open Liubomir's picture in real size (1200 pixels are more than enough to see the details on any desktop or laptop screen)?. Instead we (you) are happy with the 200 pixel miniatures offered by the smartphone. And not only happy, but confident enough, to like and praise the work of photographers.
Let's be clear. The curators who headhunt artists on Instagram take notes and see the work of the authors in real size.
Smartphone screens are simply not enough. Don't be surprised that your likes are not 'respected' or followed by some others, me included.
The picture presented here relies on subtle details and on fine frontiers between colours and shapes.
The main subject is almost invisible and this is the whole understatement and the mojo of the image. The photographer stays away and he is not interfering in what seems to be a very private moment with a mute impact. Frank's '… you are not close enough' was, and still is, a wrong advice.
Picking vegetables from an improvised garden can create a powerful introspection and a painful empty gaze. Only by staying far away we can have the chance to witness it, to capture it and to transmit it to the viewers who make the effort to come close to our message.
Think big, see bigger. Otherwise the wall-size Chefs d'Oeuvre of Rinascimento will irrevocably sink into oblivion since their thumbnail version is simply too 'busy' of a scene for us to appreciate when sliding our finger on a touchscreen.
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