Individual Skills versus Technological Advances
If you follow my flickr account you’ve probably seen quite a few kitten photos lately.
And you’d probably admit these little ones are sooo cute!
This is the second litter of kittens that we have fostered through our local ASPCA (so no we aren’t crazy cat people) and I learned with the first litter that the quality of the photos directly contributed to the speed at which the kittens were adopted. Our first litter suffered through 2 or 3 “photo shoots” but this litter has done at least twice that. I’m not sure why people don’t want them, I’ve photographed them sleepy, playful, sweet and mischievous but I haven’t broken the code yet. So far only one has been adopted :(
What I do get a lot of is emails from people saying “wow that camera takes great photos, what is it.” The first email didn’t bother me and I took the time to tell her the camera, lense, and flash I use (for the record it’s a Canon Xti, 50mm Canon lense, and Canon 580EXII flash). But after the third and fourth emails I started to get offended. Not one person said you took great photos, what camera do you use or something to that affect. They all seemed to think the camera did all the work. And while I realize that a quality camera can make a huge difference in the quality of the photos it doesn’t take good photos on its own. The photographer determines the composition, the light, the speed, the focus etc. I did all that! But it seemed to me that these people thought if they bought this camera they too would take these types of photos.
Why does our society place so much faith in or emphasis on technology to solve of our problems, to make us better at things. Shouldn’t we have faith in ourselves, try to hone our abilities versus relying on technology to do things for us? Do you think that we place too much emphasis on the ability of things to make up for our weaknesses?