And, I Knew, I Knew…

Into the purple.


his is a brand new picture.


As you know I haven’t been very motivated to make new work. Yesterday I was. Luckily, the light was with me. I took a little walk and did my usual trick. I photographed whatever I saw.

I didn’t pre-edit which is always a mistake. Interestingly, while I made some of my usual angles like cropping the heart of this picture very tightly, I also found new and different — to me — angles.

This picture is one of them.

I don’t usually frame a picture so that the middle is black. For me, that is kept to the edges of the picture.

Normally, when I call a picture experimental it means in post production. Not this time. the entire image is experimental.

And, then.


nstagram is wearing me out. I struck back yesterday. Some young photographer posted a picture with an umbrella in it. He wrote something about another one of his umbrella pictures…

My turn.

I wrote to him that I couldn’t like the picture because it was derivative of about 10,000 other Instagram pictures. I also said he must be a terrible photographer if that’s the only graphic device that he knew how to use.

He started to get snarky in this first reply. I told him that I’m a photo buyer (I lied) and I stood back and let the fun begin.

About 500 replies later I returned to say that those of you who defended the use of umbrellas as a graphic device should probably sell your camera and find another hobby because a hobby is all photography will ever be for you.

Grumble, grumble, grumble.



7 responses to “And, I Knew, I Knew…”

  1. Debra Avatar

    I really enjoy reading your posts when you decide to dive right in and speak your mind. No polite chit-chat, just say it like it is. You do know how to get a discussion going. I’m sure it got very lively!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      As I get older I realize I don’t have time for anything polite. I try not to be rude, but I am direct.


  2. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    I’ve tried drawing umbrellas for illustrations (a repetitious rabbit had an umbrella, hey ho) and they are very difficult. Never photographed one because I don’t think anyone I know uses an umbrella; however, what is it that you dislike so much? They seem to have quite an interesting shape.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I have no problem with umbrellas. I have a problem with derivative photographers who populate the internet. Whenever they can’t think of an appropriate graphic device they turn to an umbrella, no matter whether the scene in which the insert it into makes sense. I’ve seen umbrellas used without rain and on dry streets with blue skies and so on. To my mind there are two ways to use an umbrella. Either use it appropriately or make it the center of the picture so that it’s shape is the subject. At the end of the day I suppose I don’t like young photographers who want ten tips to be great in ten days.

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  3. Cara Lockhart Smith Avatar

    Aha, I understand! Thanks…


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