In yesterday's post, I wondered why Humans of New York really soared when the photographer added quotes to his photos. Here's the beautiful answer from Le Grand Lapin:
The quotes help break through the "image callus" that we have all
grown over the past five or seven years. Since everyone on the planet now
carries a camera with them at all times, individual images are cheap and easy
to produce. The Instagram effect - instant "art" - further devalues
images in general. The "decisive moment" has been eroded to include
any moment, anywhere.
Words, however, can't be mass-produced and are still a valued commodity that
require some level of effort to create, curate and publish. Intelligent words,
describing a place in time, a feeling or a reason to be are so rare that
combined with a photograph of the creator, they have the heft and value of
P.S. from Jan: It's so wonderful to feel the power of a creative community -- to put a question out there and get an answer. Makes it seem far less solitary in my quiet home office. Thanks, Big Bunny!