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July 04, 2019


Michael van der Riet

To be a see-ree-aas photographer, one must eschew the attractive in favour of the ugly. There's the obligatory scornful laugh at the little people, a few shots that might make the inside pages of the daily news, some documentary and some commercial quality pix, and one that is so hauntingly beautiful that, unlike the others, it can stand alone. Now that everyone carries a camera all day long, more people are discovering that they don't need a specialised profession to take care of their visual records. Quite a high percentage of them take very good pictures, proving that quality photography is not at all a rare skill. In desperation the see-ree-aas photographers are turning to subjects that nobody in their right minds would want to record, marking as their territory the ugly and intrinsically uninteresting.

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