Sunday, 5 May 2013

Google Glass (off topic) will make DuckFace worse...

Now that Google Glass is here in the hands of the first brigade of tech-savvy Silicon Valley-types, are we about to trade in our always-connected devices to always-sharing ones? And what does this mean for us & photography?

No doubt, in the process, we will be subject to mountains upon mountains of self-indulgent photography via services like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

So before we all get it, Please please please STOP doing DuckFace (even if you think it’s kissyface)
Facebookers, Facebookettes, please please please stop the DuckFace.

You know who you are... it’s that face you make when you're about to take that perfect picture of yourself for the internet? Usually in the mirror because you know that if a friend saw you make that face IRL, they would laugh sooo much they couldn’t take the snap...

Duckface was originally a concept by Derek Zoolander derived from Blue Steel in 2001

Let’s get some perspective here.. you think that when you do that pose where you push your mouth out in that sort of weird half-kissy-face to make it look like you've got big pouty lips, a super-defined jaw line, and model-quality cheekbones, that you look cool – NO

Try it in the pub; people will just laugh because, you know, it makes you look like a duck

Will Google Glass bring too many photos of lunches, outfits they bought, pouting self portraits and – infamously- their cats. (Sorry I am not a cat person!) I think it will

Gone are the days where an exposure meant paying for film and its development and thus the thorough consideration for each shot. The 24/7 news cycle allowed for media to adopt imagery from social media, valuing the ‘breaking news’-value more than the resolution. proper photography these days is confined to a few high end publications or the gallery it seems.

No more iPhone snap of your friend’s dinner on Pinterest.

The saturation of photography in social media and popular culture is making it boring, especially if it’s kissy face, duck face, spag bol, pussy cat... STOP

Rant over, have a great rest of your weekend – get you camera out...


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