+  2023-04-19 18:35

This AI-generated image won the Sony World Photography and Lens #Culture awards.

I’m reluctant to name the “author” — Boris ELDAGSEN — who says the “image was imagined by language and re-edited between 20 and 40 times through #AI-image generators,

combining the techniques of inpainting, outpainting and prompt whispering… just as photography replaced painting in the reproduction of reality, AI will replace #photography.

Don’t be afraid of the future. It will just be more obvious that our mind has always created the world that makes us suffer.”

Ahem… That’s totally NOT why I had been photographing the real world since 1997!

The award should go to AI #engineers who, by the way, never paid us — the real, living human #artists with a rent and electricity bills due — a single cent for the ingest of our pre-existing photographs to train their #LLM s (same applies for code and text).

 +  2020-07-02 16:42

#Instagram is a great tool to get to know people. Open a profile and:

1) Scroll through their posts — sample their #taste (or lack thereof), attention to detail (feet cut off, random branches in the frame, etc.)

2) Pay attention to the number of #selfie’s — gauge their vanity, #egotism and insecurity.

3) Read through the captions — a collection of hashtags or a carefully crafted story?

4) Check out their replies to comments, especially to praise and #criticism — is it mostly emojis and thank-yous or witty invitations to a conversation?

5) Take a look at who they follow — do they follow B2C brands, models and influencers… or B2B tool-makers / providers, #artists and #designers?

 +  2020-05-08 15:26

#War is not OK. War is not fun. And 75 years is enough to forget that.

I hope we as #artists continue to remind others to stop killing each other.


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