Lazy photographers like my angles

If you follow this blog or my photos, you might notice that the shot below from Montenegro looks familiar. That’s because it’s the same as this photo that I took nearly three years ago.
Andrew Testa’s photo for the New York Times on slide 14 of their annual where to go series is a more balanced and processed shot than mine, but just as lazy. Why do I say that? Because it’s a shot from the road. I took mine from the window of a bus as I made an ill-fated attempt to go to Albania from Montenegro. He probably stopped the car, got out and took a second to take the shot, but it’s basically the same thing; a shot from afar that doesn’t actually dig in to the surroundings. It’s no wonder that photography has little value when a casual photographer like me can get the same shot as someone from a respected publication.
Also not a wonder is why travel publishers are having less revenue. It’s not just that print is dying, but the fact that if you look at that list the Times concocted, it’s uneven and generally lame, but such is the theme as of late for their travel department, which honestly, they should just shutter out of embarrassment. Of course I’m guessing they’re still getting a good deal of advertising revenue from it, from those companies that aren’t quite “getting” the net just yet.
Lazy photographers like my angles