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It's not every day a photographer's photos go viral because they, well, they suck... at least in many people's minds.
Or do they? Suck I mean.
Klamar is now being touted as either an atrociously bad photographer, a genius who created purposely flawed images which then created purposely intended buzz, and just about everything in between.
Most photographers prefer to travel the time-honored path of working hard to produce great imagery in hopes of reaping the rewards of becoming a photographer who can produce great imagery. I don't know much about Joe Klamar -- I've never heard of him before these images were released to the public -- but assuming he has, in the past, produced great photographic imagery, it seems it may have done less for him than producing imagery which many people think sucks. Go figure, right?
Terms like "great" and "sucks" are, of course, at opposite ends of the viewer-appreciation spectrum as well as being incredibly subjective, mirroring the concept driving that old, old saying: "Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder."
Here's an example: (I'm ashamed to say) I spend a lot of time on Facebook. Too much time. But there, on Facebook, I regularly see lots of photos which I think either suck or are entirely unmemorable but which many other people seem to think are positively awesome given their comments about the pics. (Feel free to replace the word "awesome" with similar words like amazing, fantastic, terrific, etc... especially if you're non-photographer Facebook user.)
In the case of Joe Klamar, I'm not sure what the typical Facebooker's reaction is to his Olympic photos as mentions of his photos have yet to show up from anyone on my news feed. So here's what I'm wondering: Are those who are even marginally a "serous photographer" unimpressed (if not horrified) by Klamar's pics and, conversely, are your average, non-serious-photographer types thinking his images are amazing? (Assuming they're aware of them.)
I really don't know. (I'm not even sure I care)
But here's what (I think) I do know: Generally, the less a person knows about what it might take to produce something like an awesome photo, the more easily they are either impressed (or put off) by it for reasons which only they can explain, and those reasons likely have little to do with photography as a craft.
I guess the bottom line is this: Those of us who produce photos, either for a living or as a serious avocation, simply have to go with what we think works... for us. While others might near universally think that which we produce sucks, there are times when producing sucky work might make you famous... at least for a while. Just ask Joe Klamar.
The crazy model at the top is Sadie. (Click to enlarge.) Sadie was fun working with but I must emphasize the word "crazy" when describing her. Since trying to get Sadie to a level of less-craziness was a nearly insurmountable task, I took the path of least resistance while photographing her and just let her do a bunch of her usual, zany, crazy stuff. I should add that my description of "crazy" when describing Sadie is based on more than her being in front of my camera just one time, although it's true she has only been in front of my camera one time. Ya see, sometimes I do socialize with the people who end up in front of my camera which then might give me better insights into their personalities than the simple act of photographing them might provide. Just saying.