Perfectionism is a trending topic in modern society, but can we not do without?
Each time a new camera is released we geek out over megapixels, dynamic range, card slots, battery life, durability, and so on. All just to get that one perfect photo, which we could not get with the old version of our camera. As technology advances so ought our photos. However, as we know that is just not the truth. Yes, with advanced technology the BBC is able to give us even more advanced, creative, and beautiful video, and with David Attenborough’s characteristic voice we are invited into a world none of us has seen before. It is quite remarkable and perfect imagery. Given, much of this videography is designed to get us even closer to the animals but I personally also feel a certain distance to these images. They are just too perfect. I am not there in the same way as when I see a vlogger on YouTube with a small handheld camera. BBC and vlogging are two wildly different formats and each has its strengths.
In this new video from Jamie Windsor, he delivers a strong monologue for seeking out the imperfect to make photos more relatable. He gives several different examples, but especially the blurry landscape photos from Todd Hido taken through his misty car windows during winter stood out to me. These photos are reminiscent of a J.M.W Turner painting, who was a major contributor to the impressionist movement. It is not about getting sharp images; it is about making the viewer feel something.
Windsor takes us through several different examples from candid portraits, over landscapes to architecture. The video really made me think about my own landscape photos and in what future direction I want to take them. There is certainly more to strive for than perfectionism.
Check out the video above and let me hear your thoughts down in the comments.