Lost in Translation

I have started the year 2015 somehow slowly and in a philosophical mood. I kept away from the computer and social media not because of luck of time, but of choice. I love photography and travel – the mighty internet, the big world wide web, the very varied social media opened up a lot of possibilities of interacting with other photographers and seeing their images. Thrilled by this window to the world, after some time I have noticed that I look, but I don’t see. The over-sharpened images on Flickr, muddy images on Facebook and oversaturated images on 500px and other sites lost their attraction and became yet another click. Places famed for their beauty and places known so far only to few, are mercilessly searched, copied, posted, re-posted and twitted by hundreds of photographers and armies of ordinary people equipped with their mega-mighty cameras and phones. As a result, the appeal of images shared so much is lost in translation on the way to my screen. Also the quieter, more contemplative images drawn in the sea of the images pumped with colour and action.  It seems that I have reached the saturation point of seeing images on screen and I crave for slower, old fashioned, printed ones. The place for the good images is on the wall and I hope to visit this year more exhibitions, galleries and museums. Saying that I do realise that like with everything else, the right balance is the key, so I know I will have to spend some time glued to the screen, as new media are here to stay, like it or hate it.



  1. Deborah HughesDeborah Hughes01-30-2015

    You have captured my thoughts on this so well, Beata. I always stop and take the time to focus and breathe in your images. It’s become a sorry state that social media has become all about marketing, whether overtly for our photography or some for themselves with daily selfies, rather than social sharing of our hearts and minds.

  2. adminadmin01-30-2015

    Sometimes it is overwhelming, but let’s try to stay positive and keep the right balance; thank you Deborah for stopping and commenting!

  3. Astrid McGechanAstrid McGechan01-30-2015

    This is so true. And still we are being told to increase our social media presence so as to go with the times and not miss out on the opportunities. But there are limits to the benefits and the overload is very tiring. Hopefully, we’ll manage to find a balance!

  4. adminadmin01-31-2015

    So glad we think similarly, Astrid, presence is good, but only when it doesn’t impact our work and life negatively! Thank you for your visit!

  5. Diane FifieldDiane Fifield01-31-2015

    Just had to comment on the above Beautiful soft long exposures of your waves. Very inspiring

  6. adminadmin01-31-2015

    Thank you so much Diane for your kind words, most appreciated! Waves I am fascinated with.

  7. GillyGilly08-25-2015

    The first thing that drew me to this post was the beautiful soft wave images – I love water in all its forms, but particularly waves. These are very special.

    When I went on to read what you say, I couldn’t agree more. Too much of any good thing becomes bad, and a constant barrage of what I think of as ‘sensationalised’ images (eg, over-saturated/over-sharpened, etc) deadens the senses to any kind of subtlety. Quieter, more reflective images get lost in the shouting. And just as seeing the Mona Lisa (for example) everwhere you look stops you actually ‘seeing’ the Mona Lisa, constant, repetitive images of otherwise inspiring and beautiful things and places leads to a certain ennui and loss of wonder.

    I’m still working on how to reach a balance – I love to look at and share pictures but I want to spend time actually seeing what I’m looking at. I think going down the exhibition, gallery and museum route is a good answer, but not so effective when you live in a part of the country where really good photographic art isn’t readily available. This is where online viewing opens things up for us in a good way – I think the trick is to be very selective in what we spend the time on, and to limit the time we spend.

  8. adminadmin08-25-2015

    Thank you Gilly for such a lovely, long comment. I too agree with you that museums and exhibitions are not always available; luckily there is a lot of good stuff online too! All the best, Beata

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