Last evening, as I was sitting on the porch, it occurred to me that, in yesterday's entry, my response (re: John Linn's comment) might be misconstrued as a criticism of John's comment. Especially so considering that I put the word genuine in quotes.
To be perfectly clear, John's comment was much appreciated inasmuch as it addressed an issue about which I have been thinking - the seeming contradition between my "serious" picture making and that of my the new snapshot picture making.
As most would know, I have been a long time advocate of / for straight picture making. What most don't know about is the soft spot in my picture making heart for crappy camera-Holga, Diana, Lomograpghy, et al-picture making. Now, it could be written that making pictures with crappy cameras is, in fact, straight photography inasmuch as the resulting pictures are straight out of the camera without any subsequent manipulation. And, more to my point, early simple snapshot cameras were, by today's standards, crappy cameras.
In an ideal picture making world, I would be making my the new snapshot pictures with a crappy snapshot camera-Kodak Instamatic and/or the like-but 2 considerations make that rather impractical. 1)The availablity of film and processing (or lack thereof) and 2) the cost of film and processing which, at the rate of my the new snapshot picture making-500+ pictures in the last 4 months-would be astronomical. So, for my money, that leaves me with the iPhone camera module as a somewhat ideal alternative to a crappy film camera.
Of course, the iPhone camera module is a fer piece down the road from a crappy camera. Consequently, I indulge in some "creative" post picture making processing in order to emulate the snapshot look, in essence, taking them out of the straight picture making genre and into the genre of manipulated pictures. But, here's the thing...
After much rumination I have come the realization that my the new sanpshot picture making is as "serious" as my "serious" picture making. With the exception of consciously focusing on making more people pictures, my picture making eye and sensibilities / vision / propensities haven't changed at all. And, truth be told, I have "serious' intentions, re: my the new snapshot picture making (much more on that in my next entry).