Divided Developer

bulletin boards have sections and sub-sections like an endless sales list– down into parts list– the way some part of the web was built. The bulletin boards.

The photo forums segregate as well. this camera, that camera, by size. Cause or attraction.

When Merg and Friends attempt to discuss, they defer. They await another gathering. They want the return of something. Perhaps the better nature of a prior century. Perhaps the Academy or the Salon. An authority to provide rankings, structures of value. Some way to say that this is a work worthy of more attention than that one. Something to study. To put into the study. To have others study.

stumbling over words. Pick an answer from your world. Or skip the question Mr

you seem to be able to load your own work into a forum divided into categories… even expressing “like
for images like you own.

The salons provided the list of categories: LandscapePortraitureGenre-ScenesHistory, and Still Life. As well, they gave us a ranking system: (1) History Painting; (2) Portraiture; (3) Genre Painting; (4) Landscapes; (5) Still Life.

These guidelines came from the assumption that they reflected the inherent moral force of each genre. Beauty is a moral message.

Or, if the categories you seek are based upon formal, rather than subject, Freart provided:

  • invention
  • proportion
  • colour
  • expression
  • composition

Liking things that are like you; not uncommon. We rarely see beyond our shadow.

there’s nothing worse
than a sharp cliche of a fuzzy idea

nothing worse than a cliche from someone else
a stolen cliche
value judgements/ justifications, usually negative
to distinguish himself from you. to stand apart. you are meant to stand in awe

they think they're talking to the ages. they aren’t. 
they’re just talking to the aged

// making it simpler: only 2 even read the question https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?171626-10-greatest-living-photographers/page3


Perfect Alibis

Who do you envy?

Do they show or do they tell. Their perfect alibis for doing so much talking without any pictures is because only the print matters. That is the answer you are to see. See? Only see? It is so present, so magical, you must stand in awe before it. find a gallery to buy from; hunt but you will not find. The alibi set is so exclusive they have no gallery representation. The gallery wasn’t good enough.

finding gods to follow: repeating their phrases, singing seeking their praises.

Do you begin with answerable questions; do you permit answers other than yours. If you gave up by the 70s, do you have anything useful to say in your seventies?

you can buy the print, but only in person.

I have no prints for sale. (catch 22)

Like the old: we could have ham and eggs if we had ham and we had eggs.

he has to defend his commitment. maybe explain his stumble — potential in youth isn’t enough. knowing the weston’s isn’t enough. knowing isn’t enough.

Of course alternatives are okay, if they are “well printed” — and, anything other than silver-gelatin can’t be well printed. Unless it was sanctified in some way — like from my book publisher.

[am in drafting-mode of a Stieglitz post ]