A few weeks ago while unpacking some boxes I came across a very worthy and wordy Manifesto called Ant!foto. Most of the contributions were well beyond my understanding but I liked the little piece below by my favourite ex-blogger, Jeff Ladd (as in 5B4 - Photography and Books)
It is short and to the point. That's why I like it:
"I am a dinosaur.
I still value a photograph which I can look at for years and it still excites the eye and, subsequently the mind, as if seeing it for the first time.
Although I may be able to see your ideas at work - if the conduit to your idea, the image, isn't interesting or compelling - I no longer give a fuck about your idea.
Consider embracing the fullest extent of conceptualism and save us the half-assed illustration.
I do not think that involvement with this medium means one has to try to produce something "new."
A large collection of mediocre photographs drawn together usually does not suddenly make them interesting.
Photography is about a three-way collaboration between a person, the medium and the world. The person is the weak link.
Galleries are stores.
Attention and expectations make producing work more difficult.
There are too many books.
There are not enough books which I feel compelled to pull off the shelf twice.
A photographer should publish their first book in an edition of three copies. Keep one for themselves, give the second to their closest friend, and the third to their mother. If the book needed to be known on a greater scale, you can always do a second printing.
A photographer should publish 5000 copies of their first book and have a large and dedicated Facebook following.
The ego is always at the wheel and we are willing to sacrifice our talents to sooth it.
I want all photographs to be so fascinating that I waste my life, sacrifice my own photography, and neglect my relationships because I need to spend more time with them above anything else.
Did I mention that all these thoughts are subject to change?"
While on the subject: Jeff is also selling some prints on his website at the moment, take a look at Jeff Lad Photography for more info. We think they are terrific and far too cheap.