I Don’t Capture Images

I just take pictures.

I was young once, and I quite understand the need for self-validation, but the pretension of some of the online photography community gets to me after a while.  Jargon in general annoys me. I’ve been in two professions that were loaded with it. In both — aviation and law enforcement — the jargon began as a means to clarify communication (and, in the case of cops, to sound official), but then worked its way into common speech and became the dialect of the in crowd.

Understandable. However, putting on the dog just for its own sake, when perfectly good terminology already exists, is off-putting to many of us who use language to make a living. Calling a photograph a “capture” rather than the shot, picture or photo that have been in common use for a century, smacks of a need to dignify one’s work oneself, rather like calling your work “fine art” instead of letting the critics decide.

I don’t know.. maybe I’m just a crotchety old fart, but I’ll  continue to take pictures anyway. The jargon slingers will have to decide if they’re captures.

1 thought on “I Don’t Capture Images

  1. ldsrr91

    My oldest boy is retired police, he used to drive me up the wall with his speech. He abreviated everything into some kind of cop slang and it drove me nuts. Perpetrators were perps, a training officer was the T.O. on and on, it never seemed to end.

    One day I finally told him …. “He listen, it is just a J.O.B.” (job) and he got the message.



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