by Jean McCamy
Digital cameras and Photoshop have unleashed an avalanche of photographers upon the world and the Internet gives them an ongoing gallery for their work.
It’s a rare day that I don’t get some sort of photography collection among my e-mails. Some are on specific subjects — dogs, cats, birds, animals in general, flowers, bridges, old cars, new cars, toilets, tree houses, sand sculptures, toothpick sculptures, ice sculptures, to name a few.
Others are simply labeled amazing, interesting, fabulous, beautiful, or whatever. There are a few standards that are almost always included, and most of them are quite impressive.
I don’t understand who compiles these photo collections, or why. At one time it was illegal to use a photograph without the photographer’s permission, but I assume all these wandering around out there in cyberspace are in the public domain. And I assume that the people who compile the serious collections fancy themselves as curators.
The people who collect pictures of toilets, unusual signs and strangely dressed people are obviously just having a good time. I only wish they would learn that it is fun to get one silly picture that makes you smile, but it isn’t much fun to get 20 silly pictures at once, and by the time you plow through the 19 you’ve seen before, the one new one doesn’t make you smile nearly as much.
Oh well, I love it that my friends think of me and send me e-mail greetings and I’m glad there are so many people out there staying busy taking pictures and sharing them. They sure beat the political e-mails that keep pouring in.
— Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.