But when does it go beyond the merely seductive and dreamy stage?

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The trouble with photographs today is that they are so easy to make and share, so seductive, so representative of our lives at any given moments (friends, the crazy things they do, drugs, risks, sex, school, parties, girlfriends, boys, on and on) and you definitely have an eye! But when does it go beyond the merely seductive and dreamy stage? Only you can answer that question whenever you are ready. I bet in a year your photographs will be totally different.

– Joel Meyerowitz to 18 year old Olivia Bee

via NY Mag.

There Are 3 Comments On This Article.

  1. I think Meyerowitz is being a bit hard on her. She’s 18 and obviously very talented.

    If she’s still photographing like this when she hits 40 he might have a point. But, then again, there are a lot of middle-aged photographers, out there, who seem happy to photograph teenagers messing around.

  2. Ariel Cepeda

    I came to this blog by recommendation of a very good friend.
    I’m so sorry to have to read something like this on my first visit. I guess I could go on, trying to argue over why there are no grounds for such a comment, whatever the outcome might be in a year or in 40! But there is no point.
    I was hopping to read something constructive, or inspiring on this blog.
    Best Regards,
    Ariel

    • scott Rex Ely

      For you AC: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” Steve Jobs