OK, wipe that grin off your face, this is a photography blog. This rant is directed primarily against photographers who believe that just because they have made their images large, that they are somehow better and worth more money. Now, to be fair, these photographers often are not good enough to even realize what makes a great image and are often guided by unscrupulous gallery owners who will take advantage of the artist by getting the work cheap and selling high, convincing its customers that the work is a quality piece that will hold its value for years (as I saw when one famous Hollywood Star bought a crappy wall sized mural for $110k at Art Basel. “there is a sucker born every minute” – P.T. Barnum). But in my experience, if you really talk with the photographer about the image, they know its shortcomings but rather than go out and shoot more, they blow it up and convince themselves it is good.
How often do you see something cool, and say to yourself “i’ll have to remember to order that” or “Crap, why didn’t i just go there when I needed a replacement for my shattered Lava Lamp?”. Well, I may be one of the few with a shattered Lava Lamp but I am sure you all want to know where I found a Lava Lamp shop in Miami. But, of course, I didn’t write it down and I have no idea where it is. To fix this problem, enter Deja Vu, the iPhone app of my dreams.
Today, I witnessed a couple taking a photo of themselves. The man, in his infinite wisdom, balanced the camera on the end of planter that did not have quite enough room, . . . hit the timer, and then . . . it fell off . . . SMACK!!! . . . broken, lying on the ground in several pieces. Not a pretty site but one that I imagine happens often. Another of my least favorite self portrait catastrophes is one that graces the Facebook photo scene far to often: the super close-up image with the cut-off heads and the outstretched arm. I believe the picture quality correlates with the length of a person’s arm: long arm = bad photo, short arm = really bad photo. So I thought I would write this blog entry to plug a product that I think is an easy way to rid the world of this phenomenon and make the crooked self-portrait drunk in a bar photo, at the very least, appear level, keeping your Facebook friends from knowing how drunk you really were that night.