Photography is becoming sterile. A lot of photographers spend hours editing the life of of images, removing earth’s little blemishes, removing things they don’t like, adding things so the image is more pleasing. But imperfection… That’s perfection.
Life is not perfect, this planet is not perfect, the things we photograph are not perfect. So why this obsession with the perfect image?
We have better sensors, sharper lenses, more dynamic range, better software for editing. And what for? So we can suck the life out of what we see.
Of course, some of it is beautiful. Of course, some of it is skillful. Of course, it’s perfect. But when every image is becoming perfect, that’s just no character.
And it’s character that make those old photographs so great. Images not super sharp, light leaks, nothing edited. Things out of place, things not beautiful, things not perfect, but imperfection as it is in reality.
Embrace the imperfection. Because imperfection is perfection.