Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Photoblog "Cliches"

Well, geeeeeeeeeze, I just made the mistake of logging onto and found this rather incredible list of things that are considered to be cliches and, I suppose, unworthy of posting. Has anybody seen my pistol?

  • Flower macros
  • Pigeons
  • Shopping trollies
  • Eye macros
  • Disgarded / ripped chairs
  • Mannequins
  • Graffiti
  • Sunrises
  • Sunsets
  • Funny signs
  • Homeless people
  • Zoo pictures
  • Aquarium pictures
  • pictures shot and then modified with stock Photoshop filters
  • pictures with Photoshopped tilt shift
  • pictures with Photoshoped holga effects
  • images shot with a holga (just because you used a holga doesn't make it good)
  • abandoned buildings
  • people in clown makeup (or some other silly costume
  • fall foliage
  • pretty clouds
  • silly signs
  • empty roads
  • abandoned factories
  • abandoned buildings
  • peeling paint
  • barns
  • children fingerpainting
  • bubbles
  • long exposures of the beach at night
  • seagulls
  • swans
  • ducks
  • water reflections
  • couples on the beach
  • your cat
  • any cat

..and many more besides.

What the heck is left? Corpses of small furry animals? Where's the damn ammo, Myrtle?


Paul said...

Probably posted by some jaded soul. There are always new ways of looking at things and still quite a bit of enjoyment in looking at the familiar.

micki said...

Well, they may be cliche', but if you look at what sells...that would be the list.

ndiginiz said...

Tena koe ehoa
Yeah MJ this may be cliche photography but, it does'nt mean it's any less the effective of effectual! I mean if this is as cliche is determined and defined then art from most of history is cliche!
As I'm not from the school of conventional photography or conventional photographic thought I tend to look past such easily categorised things such as this. They have no purpose other than to sway generalised conceptions of photography and art.

Manu said...

What the guys are saying is that these are the subjects that amateur photographers are most likely to tackle i.e. if you want to be original, it'll be easier if you stay away from those subjects.

That's all.

PS: put that pistol back in its drawer now. ;-)

Panthera said...

Ok well that takes me out of the running completely ... and guess that makes me an amateur photographer but I always say why take a picture is you are not going to enjoy it afterwards.

JAM said...

Looks like that covers pretty much every possible photograph that ever was or ever will be taken.

You could look at it two ways, as a reason to be carefree with your camera, or to put it away forever.

I'm gonna keep using mine and try to take the best darn cliches I can.

Great post.

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