Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Unavoidability of Cliche



These sort of images of weathered surfaces- walls, doors, faces even- are perhaps a photographic cliche. Nonetheless, they are extremely enjoyable. This is partly because they reveal something that cameras are especially good at, which is the surface detail. This detail is particularly evident when the photos are black and white.

At what point should a subject in art be avoided because it has been done before? When does it become exhausted? What is the difference between a cliche and a tradition?

With so many images available so easily online it is now very evident how unoriginal most of them are- and I include my own work in this generalisation.

Maybe the only way to continue making art is to accept the limits of originality with humour?

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