I’ve been wanting to use Getty’s Open Content archive, so ended up making this over the weekend for fun. This is an 18th-century Dutch painting of flowers mixed with some NASA space nebula images. Calling it “Vase Nebula” :)
Great video, this quote stood out to me as I just watched the fantastic Sagmeister clip and thinking about the current “design as storytelling” trend.
"…it’s very interesting at the end of a film, to listen to people talk and find them talking totally about the subject matter and not ever talking about how the thing looked - and sometimes you suspect that maybe they’re missing half the fun. That they’re only getting the story - and they’re not getting any of the marvelously subtle things that happen with the shapes of the photographs as they move across the screen.”
We’re at ‘peak photographer’ at the moment. There is an entire idiot class of professional photographer who seem to believe they’re creating something essential every time they pick up a camera. It’s not the photographer’s fault. I blame the creative directors who commission them. There are way too many photographs in the world. Think of how many pictures have been taken all over the world in the time you’ve read this article – even this sentence. This is another sentence I’ve just typed, so that’s like a ton more. All these images multiplying and multiplying. All those shitty pictures of cats and beautiful sunsets that sit dying in the corner of your smart phone, shared with the hope of being liked by people who all have the same thousand pictures hiding on their phone. All these forgettable memories. I don’t see that’s much different from the endless stream of boring fashion pictures, boring travel pictures, boring still lifes of food that are commissioned by magazines, ad agencies, marketing firms. For every Juergen Teller there are a million Terry Richardsons. So let’s just stop. Or just use what’s there already. Or at least think about it. Sorry I’ve lost my thread. What was the question again?