“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra

October 2: Help me understand (caution: photographer griping-zone ahead).

Yogi Berra had a lot of great sayings. He was either a philosopher or a very confused ball player that got plunked a little too often. One of my favorite Yogism is “the place is so popular that nobody goes there anymore.” There’s a lot of truth in that statement. I guess Yogi was a simple man with simple that saw things simply.

I guess I’m a lot like Yogi.

I simply don’t understand why parents don’t want photos of their kids anymore. Correction: they “want” photos but they don’t want prints.

Sorry, but this confuses me. Maybe Yogi could have make sense of it, but if he could, I guess he b smarter than me. When my kids were small I would have done anything to get prints of my kids playing sports by a professional photographer. Just doesn’t seem the case anymore – trust me it isn’t.

There was a time that when people who were interviewed following a major disaster would say – “all this material stuff, the house, the cars we can replace, but we can’t replace our photos. It’s terrible, those memories are gone.” There was deep, true mourning. That I understand.

Sad thing is for photographers is that people DO WANT photos. But they want them free. People of the World are not visual – we’re all constantly inundated with photos and videos on the web. We expect it. I mean, “you expect me to read?”

Newspapers want (NEED) photos, but they don’t want to pay. That’s a whole can of worms there so I’ll just leave it at that.

Kids, parents WANT photos but they expect them to be free. I mean they saw it on their phone or on their computer so it must be free for the taking, right? I’m sure Yogi would have a great saying for this situation but I’ll just say NO. It’s wrong to download, screen capture copyrighted material. For reference the Bible calls it stealing.

Take a moment and think of the last time that you’ve seen a photo posted online with a photographer’s watermark or the words proof, draft, or copyrighted on it? Chances are pretty darn good that the photo was posted without the written consent of the copyright holder (AKA photographer).

When I was a professor I told my students that smart phones “are the bane of existence” and would probably cause the downfall of civilization as we know it. It a way it has – people don’t communicate, people take property without asking, people are mean ad rude (hence, my “be kind, be safe….. statement on every post). People are “storing” their photos/memories on their phones rather than getting prints. They are recording what they had for a meal but will never pass down their family history recorded by prints passed generation-to-generation in a shoe box.

Sharing time with your parents and grandparents looking at “old” photos is priceless. Photos on photos are not archival, they are temporary.

So what started this rambling “lecture”? Well, the photo posted above. First, my comments above have absolutely nothing to do with this girl or her family – I don’t know them, at all. Fact is, I’m not sure that they’ll ever know about or see this and other photos that I’ve taken.

I just think that it’s a very good photo that shows a young girl playing soccer. You can see her face clearly, she IS the focus of the photo. But you also have the sense that the girl just kicked the ball to her left and that she must be close to the goal because the keeper and another opposing player are large in the frame. I would have done anything for a photo like this of my daughter when she was played soccer.

I promise you it would be displayed as a framed picture on my wall.

If you made it this far I’m very impressed. People do read after all.

Until next post be kind, be safe, and I guess, go hug a photographer today. Comments?

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