Photography!…..join the club. And rubbish will sell.
Do you think best known photographers such like, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Diane Arbus, and our own Thomas Annan would be such acclaimed photographers if they had not have had a middle class background. If the camera was in the hands of the working classes, would we not have seen totally different photographs of those from the inside looking out rather than looking in. To me a photograph has to say something, tell a story, not just looking nice. It has to be real and not manipulated. All these middle class photographers set the rules and decided what was good. This isn’t any different to today, where art that sells is within a small club of middle class so called arty people. I say so called, as it is them that calls themselves or describes themselves as this. Look at the amount of rubbish that sells within the art world. Its like the old school ties days, where social friends pat each other on the back and describe such rubbish as abstract or newvo. Their rubbish says nothing, look at Andy Warhol’s stuff, would it be so acclaimed if it came from me or you. Probably not, unless you were in one of those circles. I on the other-hand look at these photographs and say, what does this say to me, nothing, turn the page. Look at Banksy, people use to blast off his art, although copied art from French artist de Rat, but as soon as Madona and such like started wanting it, it became sought after and expensive. Like much of life, the middle classes dictate what is good, what is pleasing to the eye, what is worth money. Forget what these people say and decide for yourself. together we can break this cycle.