it’s especially easy to make clever photographs by juxtaposing a person with an advertisement, because ads are ubiquitous on the street. i think making clever photos is a natural step in drawing visual relationships between elements in an image, but they quickly exhaust their usefulness.]]>
Matt – Don’t get me wrong, I like clever pics. What I was trying to get at is that any kind of happiness I get from them is limited. I’m starting to think of them as a form. You (the proverbial “you”) do what it takes to satisfy the form and you’re done. You’ve satisfied the goal of taking a clever photo, but you haven’t gone above and beyond. (The “triple crown” from the phylums post.)
I like thinking about boundaries, borders and limits — of anything — and I think clever photographs are a clearly delineated subset of street photography (whatever that is!).
They like to play in the backlot of the street photography house and they have a blast back there, but the lot has a really high fence around it. I like to join ’em, but I like kicking the fence a bit and wondering where the weak spots are.]]>
Not clever may be a curse, but very clever is like gold, cause it’s pretty rare. The Erwitt & the Friedlanders are pictures most photographers would be pretty happy taking. I think that you’ve taken a few pictures lately which are much more clever than the one of the guy looking up at the sign. You should still be happy with them! I agree that trying to be clever and not quite succeeding, is very frustrating and does leave me feeling cheap.
The images that don’t wither away quickly, should still be fun to look at years from now, and thus very worthwhile…