I have a real hang up about technique vs. content. Not that I do not respect photographic technique I feel that it is much over played on the Internet forums. I am very tired of hearing technique discussed as the how rather than the why. I understand why content is so seldom discussed; it is much easier to talk about technique—technique is impersonal. Discussing content is very personal because it reveals who you are and what you believe a lot more than you might think. The photographs that you take and post to the Internet or use in camera clubs do the very same thing. Your choice of subject matter, your choice of techniques, your choice of presentation all reflect on who you are and what you think. Happily as amateurs we can go about our hobby thinking that we are safe—we are just photographers. Oh, so naive.
Technique has no such pratfalls. You can go about discussing technique and conventional photographic wisdoms until your dying day and it will reveal little about you other than your lack of understanding of photography—which in a way is revealing in itself. LOL Well, I am old enough that I don’t really care much what people think of me or what they know about me or about what I think so I believe I can handle content in a photograph and embarrassed myself only minimally.
What I propose doing is to build the blog around selecting photographs from the Internet that I can get permission to post to the blog and write my discussion of the photograph. One photographer has already given me permission to use a few of his photographs. I believe that I might find others.
What I need to know from those that follow this blog is whether or not you personally would find this something that you would be interested in reading. I will also discuss my photographic philosophies, I will be discussing the history of photography, I will be including quotations from photographers. I may even include the book reviews that I have been writting. Unlike the discussions blog it will not require any participation. If you wish to comment on the photograph or on my comments you will be free to do so but there is no requirement that you do so.
Please give me some feedback, your thoughts, whether or not you would find that useful. Post them to this thread. If there seems to be an interest I will do a sample of what I would like to do on the new blog.