Just joined the digital generation…have the feeling I’ve been lagging behind lately. Now on facebook and was viewing a video buddy Kathy Newell posted on her facebook. Views of Half Dome at dusk.
Got me to wondering what Ansel Adams would be producing had he been of this generation. The man who wandered the West looking for haunting images which he froze for time in silver halide.
Would HE have a facebook or a twitter account? Would HE reveal his moment by moment activities and thoughts to the world?
And another icon – personal favorite: W. Eugene Smith. A man tormented by war injuries and a commitment to social justice…who literally lived with his subjects as he photographed them. How would HE fit into today’s narcacistic society? Would he break for a second from documenting mercury poisoning in a small village in Japan to tweet his followers – “Hey, got the greatest shot ever…”?
Is there a Dorthea Lange out there right now setting up a blog, snapping with her new iPhone, prepared to tell the world of new injustices?
Probably. But they may never be known. What made each of the above unique – memorable – is that they were explorers, passionate…but most of all, first and standing alone in a field doing what no one else had done in quite the same way. When you do it alone and break ground, you are remarkable. When you do it simultaneously with a million others, you are part of a pack. And its getting harder and harder to be unique as the size of the pack explodes.
Can you say “lemmings”?