erinavery wrote in post #12506016
and everyone does straight color or b&w or sepia...i really don't understand why a bunch a of "creative types" are sitting around knocking someone elses creative expression...the sample posted was really well done. i could see if it was a critique on skill level...out of focus or poorly composed but calling it an overdone fad i just don't understand.
I don't think anyone said anything about the posted sample! In fact I rather like them, particularly the third shot of the girl on the bike, where the effect is present but very subtle.
The problem (for me at least) is not with the people using the effect as part of their "creative expression," but with the thousands out there who who take awful pictures and pass them off as "creative expression" by slapping a preset (that somebody else made) onto them. See: the ridiculous popularity of Hipstamatic and Instagram. A stupid shot of your friend drinking a PBR becomes "artistic" once it's been cross-processed. And because of this, people will look at the poor guy who took those samples in the OP, who was merely trying to get the most out of pictures of his(?) kids, and say "he's trying to be like all those hipsters with their iPhone Lomo apps."
But all of this is just part of the same kind of endless cycle that infects any kind of artistic pursuit. Five years ago there were a few people doing this, and it was quite interesting. Now, there are tens of millions of young people out there who literally won't think a photo is "cool" unless it's been cross-processed. It's even a pre-set image mode on many new P&S cameras (and the X100). Therefore, all of the "creative types" start getting frustrated by its ubiquity and complain about it until the next fad comes around.
The real shame is that I do see the value in making art from a crappy photo...but not as a way of covering up its crappiness. So I don't hate cross-processing (in fact I really like many iterations of the effect) but I have very mixed feelings whenever I see it. And I frequently do a bit of it myself!
Also, this classic: