Go on, you know you want one.
This is my comment on 4304 by CCM Photography ...
"This creates a fantastic sense of the scene being right there in front of you, like you're not looking at an image, but at a woman sitting on a chair. I think we have become far too used to the many different ways in which a photograph can look like a photograph. It is incredibly refreshing to see a photograph that looks like real things."
I am fed up of seeing out of focus, badly exposed, 'damaged negative', etc. images that seem interested more in drawing attention to themselves as photographs than in presenting anything real to us. I am fed up of seeing girls with skin so smoothed out by noise-reduction, high-pass blur .. instead of women with skin with real texture (fair play to the few who use photographs to show real skin texture ...
.. on cunts, arses and tits, and very occasionally .. you rebel bastards know who you are .. on faces or hands).
Vignetting? See vignetting? I rip the ears off vignetting and pour glitter into its labyrinth.
See blown highlights? People have been doing soot and whitewash for bloody decades. See grain? Tells us about grain when you've shot plenty of 120 at 1600 and then developed and printed it yourself. With an enlarger. With real light.
Colour gradients? Selective colour? Can your grannie sew? Well get her to put some stitches in THAT!
Rimlight from a light behind the model. Seriously? In 2013? William Fox Talbot was doing that in 1850. Photographed Queen Victoria in her nightie.
Skulls? Posing with skulls! It's supposed to be a WIG.
Let us, for heaven's sakes, have a bit of artifice, a bit of drama, a bit of magical realism.
or or or or or especially ..
.. and you can't leave Carly out .. or Merrique
There are many examples among my absurdly overgrown collection of favourites of all the departures from good taste at which I have gently hinted above. As is only right and proper. And yes, there is such a thing as the ideal, and romance, but ideals are the most solid, real things that exist, and romance means a story which means at some point putting something at risk. And the whole point of fantasy used to be to enable us to deal with reality. And the original meaning of glamour (go read Yeats) was magic .. in the sense of grimoires and faery or Oisin getting off his horse.
Through no fault of their own I have enjoyed journals by Leadbirdie Lea930 and NicoleNudes ... while inwardly fulminating about all this. Not saying I agree with them all the time, but they all talk good sense.