WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!?!
…is a question you might hear from time to time, but I’m the type of person who likes to think there are answers out there, and that these are but a few of them.
Recently there was a big news story about a wedding disaster photo that had Jeff Goldblum and a T-Rex. Because Jeff Goldblum was in a movie with a T-Rex. So yeah, important - news worthy. It was all over the internet, trending #1, making TV shows, etc. It’s famous because of famous, and that leaves no room for anyone else. That’s one of the things that’s wrong with your society.
I did a couple of themed wedding disaster photos as a freelance job not too long ago. I think they are done really well. Lots of examples to point to, but it basically comes down to how full and alive my images are. Background and foreground elements give it depth. Dust and selective motion blurring give them life. An abundance of added imagery asks you to delve deep into the image to see everything. In fact, I think it’s a little better than just plopping a T-Rex in the background, but this photo didn’t make the rounds because it’s a cool new idea (it’s not) or done particularly well (I’ll spare you the boring critique). It made the rounds because someone famous was doing something they did long ago to help make them famous, and famous is just more important than average. That’s another thing that’s wrong with your society.
I decided to post my work in the comment section of a couple websites. BuzzFeed kicked my comment almost immediately, but I was able to track interaction on my post to IGN where other readers, 13 of them, had voted to send my post to the top of the comment string (they thought others might like to see my work). That was 8 more votes than the other top reply, but quickly thereafter my post was deleted. I think they had a problem with my wanting to make money by creating that style of photo for others - outrageous, I know. The use of fame and power to oppress capitalist efforts is also one of the things that’s wrong with your society.
If the article had been about cool wedding disaster photo ideas, or well done graphic design and photo manipulation work, then my comment should have been right at home where it was. My examples should have been embraced by the publisher the way they were by readers. But that’s not what it was about. The article is about allowing you average people a glimpse into the world of famous - you shouldn’t be able to get that for yourself. To some extent it’s part of the early marketing work for the upcoming ‘Jurassic World.’ And it’s a blaring example of how those at the top are the only ones allowed to be there. That might be the biggest thing wrong with your society.
I’ve attached both examples, the famous one from Adam Biesenthal and mine, so that you can be the judge for yourself.