Photography’s End


Words through the lines of age.

Oh my.

The photographers among you aren’t going to like this. I made these pictures by typing words into some AI software and it generated these four pictures. No camera, no lenses, no post production. Well, just a little to resize the image which caused a small loss in sharpness. Trust me. It’s tack sharp.

What does this mean for the future?

Who knows.

There has been a big discussion on art groups about an image that won a big award. The image was AI generated. There were questions about honesty. There were questions about the allowability of the entry if the artist didn’t directly make it.

At this point, there was nothing in the rules that said you could or couldn’t. For now, I say that the artist and image win. In the future, this kind of work could be disallowed but I hope it isn’t. Life moves forward, not backward. I follow some groups on Facebook where most of the commenters say a version of “It was better in the good old days.”

Was it?

Photographically speaking, I sure like not having to work in a small, smelly wet darkroom. I like working with smaller cameras or even my phone. I like being able to create on a computer screen. I like having my family hang out with me and tell me how they want my pictures to look. 🙂

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this latest adventure, but I know I have a lot of weird dreams to explore visually.

I suppose this means that I need to keep a notebook on the night stand.

And, you?

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

4 thoughts on “Photography’s End

  1. My sense about this is that this is not the photographers work. I’ve not played with this but it seems as if the “machine is creating the photo from algorithms. It may be a creative work but who creates it? I’m fine with the machine creating the work but give the machine credit not the person plugging in the criteria. Or show it as collaborative work.

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    1. Just about every photographer I know is playing with it. It’s still our work because it’s our brains and words that drive the software. After all, photography has always been gear enhanced. That said, I decided to sleep behind locked doors after seeing her thoughts expressed visual.

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  2. I find this fascinating! I have heard the controversy you refer to, and I don’t know where to land my opinion. Now that I see what you produced I’m even more confused as to how I feel about it. I find myself wanting to label it artificial, but is it? Maybe not. Just different. This is going to be an on-going dialogue in the world of art, and I’m going to enjoy following where it takes us! Your images are cool!

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    1. Thank you. Here’s how I see it. Photographers have always used our brains and creativity to make photographs. Photography has been gear driven. So now I use my brain to create what I couldn’t with more conventional tools couldn’t do. But, I can’t be trusted. Today I burned down the French Quarter.

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