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So is the thieving that big a deal? Ethically, yes, and it destroys people because it’s a bad road you take. But I don’t think that’s the biggest problem for the music biz. I think people are just a little bit bored, and more than a little bit broke. No money. Especially simple working people who have been totally left out, screwed and abandoned. If I had to depend on what I actually get from sales I’d be tending bars between sets. I mean honestly it’s become a patronage system. There’s a lot of corps involved and I don’t fault any of them but it’s not as much fun as playing at the Music Machine in Camden Town in 1977. There is a general atmosphere of resentment, pressure, kind of strange perpetual war, dripping on all the time. And I think that prosecuting some college kid because she shared a file is a lot like sending somebody to Australia 200 years ago for poaching his lordship’s rabbit. That’s how it must seem to poor people who just want to watch a crappy movie for free after they’ve been working themselves to death all day at Tesco or whatever, you know.

I live in Canada now, hurrah! I’m rocking my point and shoot fuji x20 and no editing or file management software for the moment, eek!. I’ve not been keeping this blog updated since the mad rush that was the end of the degree, but I have been keeping an up to date Instagram account where it all happens! I’m sure i’ll have flitters of photographic nostalgia during my adventures this winter, so I’ll upload some photos then.

ramblejar:

"so much in photography is pabulum, and aspires to nothing beyond well-worn vernacular." - Paul Graham

ramblejar:

"so much in photography is pabulum, and aspires to nothing beyond well-worn vernacular." - Paul Graham

If we’re living a real life, we’ve gained the understanding that getting more doesn’t always lead to feeling happier. In an Instagram life, we’re instead focused on making it look like we have a better life than everyone else. But even as we take our own pictures and apply filters to our world, we’re flipping through other people’s photo streams and feeling envious about what we see. We ask, “Why isn’t that our life?” It’s a hard cycle to break because, as my friend pointed out, someone will always come along at some point and be better than you.

We’re now left in the most curious situation where not one, but two of the most frequently made claims about photography turn out to be, well, not true. As I explained elsewhere, if everything has indeed been photographed already (let’s pretend that’s the case), the dictatorship of novelty falls away, to open up opportunities for depth and discovery. And even though it is often stated that people mistrust photography, the actual opposite is true for most areas of photography. So our post-postmodern hand-wringing about the state of the medium seems oddly out of place. At least in theory this should be the best time for photography, not one where there’s an industry of people attending “Photography is Over” seminars.

Editing for tonight’s #conveyormag submission #alchemy

Editing for tonight’s #conveyormag submission #alchemy