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Fast Food Photography

Nowadays, says Rafael Rojas, we all seem to be gulping visual ‘fast food’ content without taking the time to savour, taste and enjoy the nuances of visual poetry slowly flooding our hearts and souls

In the ‘old days’ before the Internet, the only way a person could experience a photograph of the landscape was in a printed book, a purchased magazine or at a photographic exhibition. All of these ‘mediums’ entailed a certain pre-disposition from the viewer. Either they had paid for a book and were taking the time to read it comfortably sitting at home or they had…

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Rafael Rojas

Rafael Rojas is a fine art photographer, author and lecturer, whose work has been awarded in the most prestigious international photography competitions. His Fine Art prints, sold internationally, form part of numerous private and public collections.

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  1. rafaelrojasphoto

    Dear Kittylit, you are not gulping fast food if as you mention you really enjoy and learn from them. In order to learn, you need to devote more than half a second to viewing one image. You need to feel something more than aesthetics appeal, you need to imagine, think, analyze… My point with the article, that I knew polemic, is not that all imagery on social media and the internet is bad, (in fact, thanks to that we are know discussing) but that the apparition of this new medium allied with the culture of immediate gratification that so much thrives in our society can produce an explosive cocktail. As always, nothing is bad per se, it all depends on the use we make of it.

  2. I for one am thrilled to have so many opportunities to see so many good photos in an easy way. I can weed out the “fast food” and feel that being exposed to so much great stuff has helped me improve. The easy and free access to many photographs also means that more people can view, enjoy and learn from them, spreading the love of photography beyond those who can afford big books and museum entrance fees. Everyone wins.

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