George Appletree



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Squared whale

February 19, 2018

Graffities, writings and drawings on walls, are photogenic many times. Graffities often reproduce a particular style, close to pop culture, but this one is just an improvised drawing on a pavament. Maybe that makes it interesting, and probably a better camera would have produced a worst result.


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February 18, 2018

If you can't make art from your photographs, you might look for it in cameras. There are plenty of beautiful ones. Making them work is at least artisan many times. You can even make cameras.

Is not that art, I mean sad?


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February 16, 2018

All cameras do the very same thing. Once chosen the one (or 3) making what you want why to get another one.

If that's a too simple statement, you still are in time to sell those you never use.


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February 15, 2018

There's a pretty sense of volume in this landscape. Black grainy lava in that volcanic area harmonizes the dark slopes.


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February 15, 2018

I'm very happy of having completed a new paper dummy (I got used to computer ones for a while). Now they're called project and become e-books. Glad to having handled physical copies and having glued them and written a few words on a real album.


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February 13, 2018

Frankly, I never used a bag. I remember that leather bag I owned. And still do, with six or seven cameras inside. When occasionally I carried it with me, all its weight used to swing like a pendulum. Pure ballast.

No. I'm one of those liking to feel free to move, to put my knee on the pavement, to find the right position. A bag is only a burden in my case.

And, yes, that backpack, made by a pretty manufacturer. So so good. So strong and light at the time. With all the thoughtful compartments for lenses. It was like a glove to my hand... I owned one of those too. And just a couple of times used, to finish inside a locker. Then, I looked at it with admiration: such a good backpack, I should use it more often.

Nah. Just a camera. That's what I need.


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Art is a plastic bag

February 3, 2018

Yes. Every artist puts in it whatever thing. Say "his or her personal point of view about this world", for instance. But at the end that art is just the plastic bag. Displaying for example a particular style or some other peculiar feature that makes it classical, original, innovative, revolutionary or etcetera.


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January 31, 2018

Reading too many considerations about street photography. But the only one to really take into account is emotional distance. Being too close in that sense doesn't allow you to hold your point of view. If opposite, just you're not involved at all.


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The manual

January 29, 2018

Do you need a manual?

There are many manuals on photography.

Some tell about how the camera works.

Others are written to explain the basics of photography, aperture, shutter speed and so on.

Some others about things like light, composition and at the end aesthetics.

There are some more about what could be called "expression".

Perhaps the most advanced are those others pretending explain how to make art with your camera.

In the last times some attempts have been made to make more other manuals to say about what your attitude should be to be a better photographer, for at the end taking better photographs.

For not mentioning the others explaining how to make money from photography.

Yes, and also some people tried to explain what is the philosophy of photography.


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January 19, 2018

Many photographers fully dislike the nowadays so common selfies. But they are logical.

Taken with devices to be ready to immediately store and share they are the counterpoint of the so concious and thoughtful photography.


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January 17, 2018

Many things to tell by some about photographs. Big efforts to dissect the essence of photography.

But the only thing photographs really need to have is sense. And that has nothing to do with their pure aesthetics.


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If your photographs are not good enough...

January 11, 2018

1 Get closer to see if they improve
2 Buy another camera (that's always the ultimate reason)
3 Shoot color or black and white or vice versa
4 Change your style, in the case you have one
5 Get another girlfriend/boyfriend (using to be a great source of inspiration)
6 Visit as many countries as you can
7 Don't think thehy're bad at all, you have lots of likes wherever you place them
8 Just don't mind: photography is your passion
9 Stop worrying about what Magnum photographers say
10 Give up photography


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Is photography difficult?

January 9, 2018

No. If many people with several years of experience are giving master lessons it's just a silly game.


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January 8, 2018

Some photographers like deep blacks in their b&w photographs. Also some others like vivid saturated colors in theirs. Or just opposite to all that.

Though the real saturation in today photography is photography itself.

Yes, there are also tons of say books nowadays. The difference is that you need reading them.

Photography is now saturated of millions of photographs from thousands of photographers that you see and absorb straight on and completely effortless.

But not only that. Not so long ago taking photographs was a relaxing exercise between you and your environment. You could be with yourself and take your photographs. Now it is a stressing one among crowds of practitioners. It's not about pioneering. Photography is a mental activity, and the same you cannot properly read a book in a noisy place you can't enjoy taking photographs in a city plenty of photographers. Thinking of photography as a kind of race perhaps satisfy some people. But not myself.


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Is an image worth 1000 words?

January 7, 2018

No, really much much many more. Some think.

But if a decent image can occupy 100 K bites, that'll be enough for a whole discourse.

Words are thus much much more effective in the current times.

This is a for free site ... images weigh, words don't.

Thanks for visiting.


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A comment

January 6, 2018

The world is changing so fast that we don't realize where we're living. Yes. These last days reading about street photography here and there and noticing how far people want to go with it. Photographs have to be explained and disected and of course they have to be "moving". And all that is ok. Photographs seem to have been needing of a rationalization since always. Photographs and any other thing. Good. They have to have style and all that. Things like composition and perhaps decisive moment or some other features. And although belonging to the the visual world, they also are a part of some other one (not just the social or the documental or the world of colors or beauty, or etc). To which exactly, I don't know. But not so completely rational. 


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