Last Month’s Instagram

Once a month I will display one of my photos captured and/or processed with Instagram over the last month. It’s a way for me to show photography that usually is quite different from my regular work. The pictures are displayed without any comments, hoping they will stand on their own. But I still very much appreciate any comments you may have. For more photos; visit


21 thoughts on “Last Month’s Instagram

  1. Dear Otto,
    I am amazed that you publish these photographs without your comment. If I look at the world leading museums for modern art, it is typical for modern art that the artists comment their work of art. Isn’t the self-reflection an important development of post-modern art? But, of course, if you see your pictures as documentary then you don’t need this self-reflection. The question is, where is the difference between art and documentation? Actually, that was the topic of my thesis.
    Anyway, great portrait 👍
    Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Is there a difference between art and documentation? Yes, and no. It depends on each photograph. Art may include documentary work in its genre, and vice versa. As for my own lack of comments: For these images I captured in Naples, I don’t feel they have developed into a cohesive body of artistic work. Not yet. Maybe I will continue and turn it into an art project. When I do, I usually would make an artist’s statement. That said, I am also very critical to many statements associated with in particularly post-modern art. They appear to me as the emperor’s new clothes. A lot of fine words and intellectualization that are only empty words and don’t say anything meaningful at all. In fact, I find the less interesting the art is, the more pompous and airy the statements are. 🙂

      1. Art refers to the reality of art, documentary works refers to the reality of the outside world. The famous example is the sentence “it’s raining”. In art you look how the rhythm is, how other artists used this phrase etc., in documentary works you look how much it was realy raining and you ask is it true or not. It’s a basic difference. The structuralist Mukarovsky was one of the first scientists of reception analysis who explained this difference. Interesting in this respect is “A History of Pictures” by the painter David Hockney and the photographer Martin Gayford (London 2016). – Oh dear, your last statement seems to me too near to a populistic statement.
        Keep well
        Klausbernd 🙂

  2. What a lovely portrait, Otto. How close were you when you took this? Or, I guess, which lens did you use might be a better question?

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