Aug 042010

This is one of Vienna’s more famous places, “Strudlhofstiege”, known from the novel “Die Strudlhofstiege oder Melzer und die Tiefe der Jahre” by Heimito von Doderer. We are currently in the process of reorganizing our company, and I had been nearby for a workshop.

This piece of architecture must have been photographed to death, so can you really make photos here? Does it make sense? It’s a a situation that is a bit like Yellowstone. You may have read Mark Hobson ranting about people photographing there and taking all the well-known images, the Ansel views. Of course Mark mostly rants about those who go to Yellowstone (or Zabriskie Point, Antelope Canyon, etc) exactly to take just those pictures from just those views. Here I came by anyway, and being there I made an image. But still, the question remains: Can we do that? Should we do that? Can it possibly do any good? Can it even be satisfying to the photographer?

Well, claiming ignorance, I prefer not to care. Why should I? All of Europe is full of such “famous views”. If I were to avoid those places or only to try not to take pictures taken before, I could as well give up photographing at all. I know there have been taken photographs of those places, but I have not taken them. Whatever others have done, my photos are my views. If sometimes they happen to be someone else’s views as well, I can live with it 😀

The Song of the Day is “Step By Step” from the soundtrack to “The Preacher’s Wife”. See a video on YouTube.

  6 Responses to “1389 – Step By Step”

  1. D’accord. Why should we care if one or 1 gazillion images have been made with this subject, as long as our vision can express itself therein. I think all the pictures we create are part ouf our learning path as well as our life, and there is only a small number of people I would care to discuss this topic with.

  2. I would have photographed it, and I don’t know why. It’s a similar situation when you constantly returns and photographs the same view. Why do we do that? A comforting habit, a sense of belonging, compulsive behaviour…who knows. The strive for the original view, the unique ‘as never been seen before’ image can be pretty tiresome, sometimes you just have to rest and enjoy the simple view.

  3. For me the photograph is an adjunct to memory. It is my effort to remember in some small way how I felt when I took the picture. I agree Andreas, your views are your photos and your memories of how you felt when you were at a specific place and time.

  4. Couldn’t agree more with what has been said. I’ll keep on photographing rocks, sea and sunsets until somebody pries my camera from my dead hands. And I don’t care, whether it has been done countless times before or will be in the future. These ARE MINE! MY PRECIOUSSS…!

    Ops. Got carried away… 😉

  5. I agree with all of you, and Andreas, too. Perhaps some of those people whom Mark Hobson rants about admire Ansel Adams’ images and wish they could afford to own one. But since they can’t, they can shoot the same scenes from the same point of view and take home their own “Ansel Adams” scenes, usually in color rather than B&W. LOL, who cares who shoots what and where and why? As long as people are satisfied with their own images, that’s what counts.

  6. A reasonable perspective, Andreas. Your photograph, your “voice”.

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