The age of AI is here, and like it or not, the barn door is open and the horse is out. With the ability to quickly generate believable images with minimal input, what does it mean to be a photographer in 2023? What is photographic purpose? This worthwhile video essay discusses the subject.
Coming to you from Will Goodlet, this insightful video discusses the idea of photographic purpose and the future of the craft in the age of AI. While the professional side of photography will certainly have to adapt to the quickly evolving industry, on the amateur side, no matter how good computers get, there will always be the joy and fulfillment of the creative process. When there is such a paradigm shift, it is often helpful to turn away from external validation and to turn your focus inward in order to recenter yourself in relation to your craft. We all picked up a camera for the first time because we fell in love with the creative process, and no machine can ever take that away from us, so return to that thought if you find yourself questioning purpose and photography. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Goodlet.