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Cliches.....please no more

Discussion in 'Talking Pictures' started by pixelpuffin, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    Sounds like me. :)
  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Isn't that somewhat of a cliche, Kate? ;)

    I love the challenge of a photographic cliche - to try to find something different. Usually I find that the cliche is actually the best shot I can spot, but every now and then there's something new to find.
  3. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Cliches become cliches because they quickly and easily convey an idea.
    As such, they are probably a useful, if lazy, way off conveying certain ideas.
    Plus, without cliches, there would be fewer things to subvert in a humorous/ironic/whatever way. ;)

    IMO, YMMV etc.
  4. AlanW

    AlanW Well-Known Member

    Just wondering . . . is there a subtle difference between 'a cliche' and 'a classic'?

    I've heard folk describe images as "a classic street photo" or "a classic landscape", but what are they really saying? :(
  5. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member


    The difference is not subtle.

    By definition, a cliché is uninteresting and ineffective. A classic can be very interesting and effective.
  6. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Whilst not disagreeing with you in the slightest, Eric, I would say that one person's classic can be another person's cliche.
  7. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    Yep. I could not disagree with that. My photographs of lone trees are classics. Someone else's might be clichés. It depends upon both the intention and the execution.

    However, it could get deeper than that. What one person perceives as a classic might be perceived by a less imaginative person as a cliché. Or vice versa (in both directions, maybe even at the same time). :eek:
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  8. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

  9. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    You often hear or read the the words "a tired cliché". This made me wonder if there is a distinction to be made between a cliché and a tired cliché?

    As for 'classic', I suppose it depends on how else you use the word as to your interpretation. It could mean a one off, one of its kind, exemplary version - from which all clichés are born. Or it could just mean old. There's your not-so-subtle difference.
  10. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Your Mileage May Vary.
  11. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

  12. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    Sorry about the confusion - I thought it was a well known, standard contraction.

    Obviously not. :oops:
  13. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Indeed Geren. I have seen a flower shot, in original contemporary print form, by St Ansel of Carmel. Wonderful it is to me - a favourite, albeit one of many. Cheers, Oly
  14. Geren

    Geren Well-Known Member

    It possibly is. But like clichéd photography, new to some!
  15. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    Agree on the whole, Roger, but with exceptions. In the 1970s, those who knew were already writing about photography in the 21st century. What is more amazing is that they were right! Cheers, Oly
  16. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    I like that Lynn. Well done. 35mm lens? Plus ... ? Cheers, Oly
  17. 0lybacker

    0lybacker In the Stop Bath

    The reason this place has been likened by one member to Hotel California, with the name being readily adopted by other Forum members, is due to Threads like this. Fascinating - as Mr Spock would say. Bit of a mystery why so many members seem to have been disappearing of late.

    Live long and prosper!
  18. PhotoEcosse

    PhotoEcosse Well-Known Member

    And, insofar as the opposite of "classic" is "contemporary", I am sure that there are also plenty of contemporary clichés.
  19. Fishboy

    Fishboy Well-Known Member

    Despite having recently heard 'Hotel California' described as being a bad TripAdvisor review followed by a five minute guitar solo, I'm guessing that you're talking about checking out any time we like but never being able to leave?

    Cheers, Jeff
  20. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I've noticed this with several forums, it seems to happen after a revamp of the forum.

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