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Wednesday, March 9, 2016


Okay, so where am I?

Let's just say that Oscar Week ground me down like never before. And, I'm still a little stung by Jennifer Lawrence's lateness for the red carpet arrivals. Usually she's there early showing off a lovely red dress and generally trying to avoid my camera. But this time she showed up nearly ten minutes into the live telecast and stopped only few a minute for a few choice shots (see below).

I was there waiting with my #believe sign when she finally showed. Well worth the wait...Yet, I digress.

A few, uh, spa days were in order far, far from Hollywood. My feet still sore from running around three towns of red carpets and my ears still ringing from photographers imploring movie stars to look into their cameras, something struck me: when did we get so lazy?

Everyone wants a short cut now. Technology might be the culprit. It's always there allowing the slacker who doesn't want to put in the time a fraudulent avenue to appear more talented. It used to be that talent was organic. It was yours and you created it. You owned it. You studied film or music or art or past ad campaigns. Now, there's a app for that...and it's trademarked.

Can't sing? No worries, there's Auto-Tune.

Too lazy to study film? Not a problem. There's a video recorder in everyone's pocket now with editing by numbers.

Right in the style of Hemingway, paint a field of flowers just like Monet...all you need is a computer and some gall.

Journalism degree? What for? Ambush a drunk celebrity, take a picture, sell it to TMZ and BAM!...You're a journalist!

She's on the cover of Adweek!
America has become a place where fraudulent talent and faux celebrity is home. Today, you get famous if you're clever on Vine or stupid enough on YouTube. The very fact that we have elevated an entire clan of Kardashians to superstar status verifies this explicitly.

You know who I feel sorry for?: Photographers.

No line of work has been more devalued. The smartphone has turned everyone into a photographer. It wasn't long ago that a trained photographer took the time to select the right type of film, the right type of lens, exposure and lighting and then develop their own pictures in a darkroom. Once upon a time if there was a calamity, the newspaper would dispatch an entire team of reporters and photographers to cover the scene. Now, by the time the photographer gets there, he can't get close enough to shot a decent picture because of the teeming horde of people clicking away on their iPhone cameras.

Relationships? People don't event earn those nowadays with all of the shortcuts available. It used to be you'd have to haunt bars, wedding or funerals, honing your charming pickup lines to woo someone the old fashioned way. Now you get on Tinder or Grindr and your date appears as if she were delivered via UPS.

From photography to relationships, we need to get back to basics, like showing up on time for the red carpet.

Jen's wild ride through the red carpet...