The Internet is an easy place to be discovered … and an easy place to be forgotten
Published: Friday, October 12, 2007 - 10:28am
I've got a favorite photographer whose exhibitions I've never attended, and photos I've never seen in print. Her name is Laura Taylor, and she runs her own photography business called The Darling Life Photography.
She lives in Brooklyn and is 19 years old … I think. How do I know of her? I came across her MySpace page, and now we are "friends."
I could repeat this for many of my favorite artists, musicians, and filmmakers. The Internet has helped me to open my eyes to a whole new world of creators where I can admire their work, and then leave without a trace. On top of this, I've probably forgotten most of their names.
The circulation is great, right? Well, that's what I'm not sure about. On Tuesday night, one of the directors, Arin Crumley, of one of my new favorite films, "Four Eyed Monsters," accepted my MySpace friend request. Then, in what felt like 10 minutes later, he messaged me and told me I had "nice photography" as well as asked me how old I was and where I was "based." Needless to say, I responded with something like, "Thanks, too young to work for you, and not in New York." I didn’t receive a reply.
OK, OK. So what's my point? My point is I jumped around excitedly because the director of one of my favorite films just told me he liked my photography. However, how realistic is it that he will remember me? I'm just a girl with some nice photography who is too young, and doesn't live close enough to collaborate … I'm an easily met and forgotten online-acquaintance.
Minutes later, a band from California, The Coral Sea, commented on my MySpace profile and said that I had “wonderful pictures.” I did another little dance around my room in excitement. Serendipitously, my work has just been admired by two whose work I admire. The Internet is great!
Not really. Sure, there is lots of circulation. I'm sure way more people have seen my photography than ever would if it wasn’t for the Internet. But, with the Internet, it's as easy to be discovered as it is to be forgotten. I'm probably not ever going to buy one of Laura Taylor's prints, regardless of how much I truly love them. This is because I can see them all for free on MySpace and Flickr.