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Is Reality More Real Viewed on a Screen?

I think I mentioned yesterday that I had rather rashly enrolled on a blogging course for photographers. We were set for homework to write a short blog post on the Format 13 Exhibition. This is my rather last minute somewhat tongue in cheek attempt. Marks out of ten? I’ll let you know what the verdict is but I am not as they say ‘holding my breath’.

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Viewing Florence on a screen


The Format 13 Festival is on in Derby at the moment, showcasing ’a selection of the best of international photography in a diverse programme of exhibitions and events’.

As a non-photographer having enrolled on a Format 13 ‘Blogging for Photographers’ course at the Derby Quad I felt at first compelled to justify my place until the truth dawned. How horribly old-fashioned! Everyone these days, from those barely out of nappies, is a photographer. You don’t even have to possess a camera. All you need is a mobile phone.

Wherever you go, people aren’t actually looking at the stately home, the match or the celebrity: the truth is that for generations of telly watchers and computer owners reality is viewed on a screen.

I followed a group of Japanese teenagers the other day as they romped through Chatsworth giggling nonstop as they photographed each other in front of every painting, sculpture or magnificent view. Chatsworth was nothing more than a backdrop for their photos.

And everyone will surely remember the 2012 Olympics parade when each country’s competitors paraded interminably (after what seemed like hours we’d still only got to Cambodia)) their iPhones aloft, photographing everyone photographing them.

And finally, where do all their photographs go? That’s quite a thought. They’ll go onto Twitter, onto Facebook, onto a memory stick and then eventually be lost or deleted.

Hopefully some of these photographers will become Photographers, taking an artistic delight and pride in their work and giving pleasure to many. Their pictures will be mounted, displayed, exhibited and no doubt even used as a backdrop…

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