Every so often out there on the webernets you'll run across someone who's posting the oddest pictures. Seemingly random terrible snaps of.. nothing. Or of something, but done in just arbitrarily stupid ways. Why is the camera upside down? What? Everything is out of focus! What are you even doing here?
In the right contexts, these things will attract all kinds of derision from self-styled Photographers. These latter have spent years mastering the simplest of goddamned things, and pride themselves on making Good Images.
I like the first pictures more than the pictures from the latter. The first have authenticity. Whether or not the picture is any damn good, there was a person, with an idea, who pressed the shutter button for a reason. They found something interesting out there. Perhaps they're mad, but they're real.
The self-styled Photographers are certainly real people, made out of meat and with a pulse and a liver and so on. The pictures they make, though, are produced by a rote algorithm. These people have learned methods and techniques and rules to produce pictures that look like everyone else's pictures, and they are grinding these second rate copies of second rate copies out, thinking they're making something. There's not a shred of authenticity here. The real person holding the camera has become a vessel for the mob's ideas and opinions.
And it shows.
Give me a thousand snapshots by a madman over a single "focused stacked praying mantis on a calla lily stem" or a set of 12 interchangeable photos labelled "senior session with Ally staring, cowlike, into the lens, while holding a guitar as a stand-in for her personality".