How the global market for Old Masters and Impressionist artworks are seeing a drop as the art market becomes increasingly focused on the postwar and contemporary art sector.
We like to think that adventures used to be more real, more raw, more authentic. We see old photos of our parents on road trips across the desert and pour over the rich orange colors of the time ravaged film. Super 8 films flicker silent grainy memories of grandparents with oddly young faces exploring national parks. We experience nostalgia for things we’ve never experienced and wonder what amazing adventures they must have experienced.
Todays cameras give us high resolution images just as we experience them. Full color, sterile and honest. For us, this represents the sterile detached digital age we live in. We feel a tinge of guilt for our lack of authenticity and apologetically apply color treatments and faux film damage to our images in hopes to lend them credibility. We borrow legitimacy from the past and mimic best we can the grand memories of generations past in hopes that some day someone will look back at our lives and marvel at the amazing lives we must have lived.
In all these affectations we often forget that creating real memories and living a real life is still possible. The world is still wild, there are still adventures to be had and amazing new friends to make. We’re not condemned to wander the same bars and apartments snapping selfies and documenting our foods. Get out and make yourselves real memories and take meaningful pictures.
Then apply cool filters to them, because filters are awesome and pretty and we DO love them.
I have to say, this read is a great conter-argument to all of those folks out there who dis using filters (photoshop, instant gram) on digital photos out there.