Mark Myers who seems to have changed the title of his blog from A Genius So To Speak For Sauntering, to Mark Myers Photography: Photo Blog and one of the most thoughtful Alaskan bloggers mused on the future of professional photographers two weeks ago. Another Alaskan photographer whose work I ran into after he left a short comment on one of my posts - Stephen Cysewski - has great pictures of 1970s Anchorage and more recent shots of Bangkok and Sukhothai - all places close to my heart. (My Peace Corps home was in the southern border town of the Sukhotai kingdom and so the Buddhas are the same style.) But how does one find him without being pointed there?
All that is lead-in to a couple of pictures I saw on tumbler yesterday. To be precise, this one is from Obsessive Cumpulsive Disaster:
|"They gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one"|
And this one is from Come On Home:
I think the issue is that we all now have so many different tools - whether programs on our computer which are constantly changing, phones, cameras, sound systems, microwaves - that all come with (or even worse don't) extensive instructions manuals. It's impossible to just sit on your old technology, because soon it won't work with the new versions and so you have to update. And all your routines are thrown out the window because they work differently now. And dollars change hands too. Considering that humans went centuries with relatively minor systemic changes (no I'm not asking to go back, many were locked into grinding poverty and oppression) I'm not sure we are wired for this rapid change. It may be a reason so many people can't cope and drop out and/or turn to alcohol, drugs, or Fox News to inure them to such rapid change. Maybe the guy hanging on to the balloons is hoping to escape the modern world.
When I read in the history books about the changes of the industrial revolution, I didn't dwell on the disruptions in people's lives that we've all eventually become the beneficiaries of. But now that we are going through that again, I think about whether there are ways to do this without as much social upheaval. Which, is nothing compared to the upheaval we're part of in Iraq and Afghanistan. Think I'm wandering a bit? Everything is related.