Shooting 11/06/2021 – Antwerp

On Friday June 11th, I’ll be out for shooting, and I’m looking for you to join. Aiming for somewhere between 10h and 20h. I’m flexible.

The concept

I’m planning a photoshoot in Antwerp or surrounding area / cities (let’s say I want to stay in a 45 minute radius around Herentals (see grey area below) to do some intriguing shots.


The idea is ‘sexy’, ‘fetish’, and ‘erotic’. No ‘hardcore porn’. (If you’re into that we could do some shots, but that’s for your portfolio, not mine)
Examples:
– lingerie under a (long) coat
– high heels / nylons / suspenders under a skirt and blouse
– (white)- dress, sheer clothes
– Ripped or tight jeans, topless, …
– mask (anything from ‘a gentle detail’ up to ‘full freaky’ could work!) – could be covid19-proof, but classy
– any kind of fetish / ‘weird stuff’ … (it is highly unlikely you’ll shock me ;-))
– any kind of ‘weirdness’. Discuss upfront.

Even tough we’re doing stuff like that we’re not taking risks.

IMPORTANT: This is about model pictures, and thus not about bondage.

Your input
If you have ideas as well, I’m open to that. A specific fetish? Something you’ve always wanted to do which might suit this shoot? Feel free to discuss! Do you have an amazing location? City? Urbex? The woods? Or anything in between: Let me know! Antwerp city center and surrounding nature is the place to be.

Me

Since you’re on this website, you might already have an idea who I am 🙂 Look for some of my shots below. Check out my Fetlife profile to see more.
You’re 100% safe.
I speak both Dutch and English. Je me debrouille en français, und ich spreche egine worte Deutsch.

You

  • are a girl / woman
  • self assured: you’re not (too) shy in front of a camera. If you’re an experienced model who doesn’t need guidelines, that’s cool. If you’re not, that’s cool too. I can give you directions / help you overcome holdbacks and make sure we both give the best we can.
  • you don’t really need modelling experience, but of course it doesn’t hurt when you have some. I do give some directions for posing, but I expect your input as well.
  • is open minded, has the right attitude, and is ‘daring’
  • who communicates well (this is really important to me. This includes swift communication, and honoring shooting agreements!)
  • able to have different looks / facial expressions.
  • your age is not important. Self confidence is.
  • you’re confident getting naked in front of the camera. For most of the shots some clothing will be involved, but if you’re fine with being naked, I assume everything else will be OK for you as well.

The practical stuff

  • The shoot will happen in the area as indicated. If we go for Antwerp city, the main idea is city center, harbor, surroundings, …. Other places (maybe I city I don’t know, but you do) we’ll see what is interesting. We could also go for ‘nature’ and ‘outdoor’ environment. If you have a cool urbex location in mind, I’m open for that too!
  • The shoot will be somewhere between 10h00 and 20h00. Maybe even later. Dark also works really well for the pictures I have in mind. All depending on your availability of course. Goes without saying the available light will play a big part here. Atmosphere of the pictures will of course depend on this as well.
  • Of course, weather is an important factor. To be discussed.
  • There is no fixed amount of time, but 1 – 3h fly by easily.
  • No money is exchanged. You don’t get paid, and I don’t get paid. We both do this for good shots / portfolio building / amusement.
  • Bring 2 or 3 outfits. We’ll be walking around, so ‘travel light’. I’ve got gear with me, so don’t expect me to carry anything :-). (high) heels are always a good idea, however, some sneakers for walking around might even be better!
  • If you feel you need make-up (I’m rather sure you don’t, I’m not a big fan, but it’s your call) apply it beforehand. You can retouch once in a while, but we won’t have time for ‘hours’ if you catch my drift.
  • Bring something to drink / eat. You might need some.
  • Pictures will be edited, and you get:
    • The set of pictures that I chose and edited, in high resolution
    • the full set of of the shoot (minus the ones that are complete failures) in low resolution
    • the chance to ask, based on the ‘full set’ me to edit 10 pictures that you would like to have edited, besides the ones I chose already.
  • Pictures will not be posted / used online without prior agreement by email. That applies to both you and me! When we agree to use a certain picture, you can post it on whatever site you want. Same applies to me.
  • If you’re up for this, please send me an email: ligatio@ligatio.be Feel free to include:
    • A motivation – why do you want to be a part of this?
    • Something about yourself (do have you modeling experience?)
    • references / pictures of shoots you already did, if available
    • your preferred time
    • if you already have outfits in mind, describe them, or include a picture.
    • practical stuff
    • any questions you may have
  • About travel: I can pick you up / drop you off somewhere in / around Antwerp. Please discuss if needed.

Shooting 14/05 – 16/05 – Malmedy

The weekend of May 14th until May 16th, we (lizanne & Ligatio) are in the area of Malmedy (Belgian Ardennes).
We’re looking for a model to shoot with.

The concept

We’re planning a photoshoot in Malmedy or surrounding area.

The idea is ‘art nude in nature’, with a possibility to explore ‘sexy’, ‘fetish’, and ‘erotic’. No ‘hardcore porn’.
The setting could be:
– at sunrise (yeah, that means getting up early) in the fields, the woods, …
– sunset
This shoot is about ‘platonic interaction’ between you and lizanne.
Following example is about the atmosphere. Not looking to exactly recreate this of course.


Examples:
– dress at a river, feet in the water, …
– (white)- dress, sheer clothes in the hills/ between the grass / …
– naked in the sand / forest / on rocks, …
– a (large) sheet/fabric/… to wrap around / pose with
– any kind of fetish / ‘weird stuff’ … (it is highly unlikely you’ll shock us ;-)) – fetish stuff might be a different shoot, but we could combine.
– any kind of ‘weirdness’. Discuss upfront.

Even tough we’re doing stuff like that we’re not taking risks.

IMPORTANT: This is about model pictures, and thus not about bondage.

Your input
If you have ideas as well, we’re open to that. A specific fetish? Something you’ve always wanted to do which might suit this shoot? Feel free to discuss! Do you have an amazing location in this area? Nature is the place to be, but we’re open to explore other ideas as well.

Us

Since you’re on this website, you might already have an idea who we are 🙂 Look for some of the shots in the ‘visuals’ section. Check out our Fetlife profiles to see more: lizanne & Ligatio
You’re 100% safe with us.
We speak both Dutch and English. Je me debrouille en français, und ich spreche egine worte Deutsch.

You

  • are a girl / woman
  • self assured: you’re not (too) shy in front of a camera. If you’re an experienced model who doesn’t need guidelines, that’s cool. If you’re not, that’s cool too. We can give you directions / help you overcome holdbacks and make sure we all give the best we can. To allow you to get experience, lizanne could ‘take you along’ during the shoot.
  • you don’t really need modelling experience, but of course it doesn’t hurt when you have some. I do give some directions for posing, but I expect your input as well.
  • is open minded, has the right attitude, and is ‘daring’
  • who communicates well (this is really important to us. This includes swift communication, and honoring shooting agreements!)
  • able to have different looks / facial expressions.
  • your age is not important. Self confidence is.
  • you’re confident getting naked in front of the camera. For most of the shots some clothing will be involved, but if you’re fine with being naked, we assume everything else will be OK for you as well.

The practical stuff

  • The shoot will happen in the area as indicated. Depending on how and when, we’re able to travel. We prefer to stay in a 25km range around Malmedy.
  • The timing of the shoot is to be discussed. We’ll get to a concept, and of course timing depends on this. (difficult to do a sunrise shoot a 15h00 no? :-)) . All depending on your availability of course. Goes without saying the available light will play a big part here. Atmosphere of the pictures will of course depend on this as well.
  • Of course, weather is an important factor. To be discussed.
  • There is no fixed amount of time, but 1 – 2h fly by easily.
  • No money is exchanged. You don’t get paid, and we don’t get paid. We do this for good shots / portfolio building / amusement.
  • Bring 2 or 3 outfits. We’ll be walking around, so ‘travel light’. I’ve got gear with me, so don’t expect me to carry anything :-). Some sneakers for walking around might be a good idea. What you need is to be discussed, following the ideas for the shoot.
  • If you feel you need make-up (I’m rather sure you don’t, I’m not a big fan, but it’s your call) apply it beforehand. You can retouch once in a while, but we won’t have time for ‘hours’ if you catch my drift. Since we’re going for ‘nature’, extreme make-up might not be in place.
  • Bring something to drink / eat. You might need some.
  • Pictures will be edited, and you get:
    • The set of pictures that we chose and edited, in high resolution
    • the full set of of the shoot (minus the ones that are complete failures) in low resolution
    • the chance to ask, based on the ‘full set’ me to edit 10 pictures that you would like to have edited, besides the ones I chose already.
  • Pictures will not be posted / used online without prior agreement by email. That applies to both you and me! When we agree to use a certain picture, you can post it on whatever site you want. Same applies to me.
  • If you’re up for this, please send me an email: ligatio@ligatio.be Feel free to include:
    • A motivation – why do you want to be a part of this?
    • Something about yourself (do have you modeling experience?)
    • references / pictures of shoots you already did, if available
    • your preferred time
    • if you already have outfits in mind, describe them, or include a picture.
    • practical stuff
    • any questions you may have
  • About travel: We can pick you up / drop you off somewhere in the area. Discuss if needed.

Shooting 22/05 – 24/05 – Koksijde

The weekend of May 21st until May 23rd, we (lizanne & Ligatio) are in the area of Koksijde (Belgian Coast).
We’re looking for a model to shoot with.

The concept

We’re planning a photoshoot in Koksijde or surrounding area.

The idea is ‘art nude in nature’, with a possibility to explore ‘sexy’, ‘fetish’, and ‘erotic’. No ‘hardcore porn’.
The setting could be:
– at sunrise (yeah, that means getting up early) at the beach
– forest / dunes / …
– sunset
This shoot is about ‘platonic interaction’ between you and lizanne.
Following example is about the atmosphere. Not looking to exactly recreate this of course.


Examples:
– dress at the beach, feet in the water
– (white)- dress, sheer clothes in the dunes / between the grass / …
– naked in the sand
– a (large) sheet/fabric/… to wrap around / pose with
– any kind of fetish / ‘weird stuff’ … (it is highly unlikely you’ll shock us ;-)) – fetish stuff might be a different shoot, but we could combine.
– any kind of ‘weirdness’. Discuss upfront.

Even tough we’re doing stuff like that we’re not taking risks.

IMPORTANT: This is about model pictures, and thus not about bondage.

Your input
If you have ideas as well, we’re open to that. A specific fetish? Something you’ve always wanted to do which might suit this shoot? Feel free to discuss! Do you have an amazing location in this area? Nature is the place to be.

Us

Since you’re on this website, you might already have an idea who we are 🙂 Look for some of the shots in the ‘visuals’ section. Check out our Fetlife profiles to see more: lizanne & Ligatio
You’re 100% safe with us.
We speak both Dutch and English. Je me debrouille en français, und ich spreche egine worte Deutsch.

You

  • are a girl / woman
  • self assured: you’re not (too) shy in front of a camera. If you’re an experienced model who doesn’t need guidelines, that’s cool. If you’re not, that’s cool too. We can give you directions / help you overcome holdbacks and make sure we all give the best we can. To allow you to get experience, lizanne could ‘take you along’ during the shoot.
  • you don’t really need modelling experience, but of course it doesn’t hurt when you have some. I do give some directions for posing, but I expect your input as well.
  • is open minded, has the right attitude, and is ‘daring’
  • who communicates well (this is really important to us. This includes swift communication, and honoring shooting agreements!)
  • able to have different looks / facial expressions.
  • your age is not important. Self confidence is.
  • you’re confident getting naked in front of the camera. For most of the shots some clothing will be involved, but if you’re fine with being naked, we assume everything else will be OK for you as well.

The practical stuff

  • The shoot will happen in the area as indicated. Depending on how and when, we’re able to travel. We prefer to stay in the Koksijde Area.
  • The timing of the shoot is to be discussed. We’ll get to a concept, and of course timing depends on this. (difficult to do a sunrise shoot a 15h00 no? :-)) . All depending on your availability of course. Goes without saying the available light will play a big part here. Atmosphere of the pictures will of course depend on this as well.
  • Of course, weather is an important factor. To be discussed.
  • There is no fixed amount of time, but 1 – 2h fly by easily.
  • No money is exchanged. You don’t get paid, and we don’t get paid. We do this for good shots / portfolio building / amusement.
  • Bring 2 or 3 outfits. We’ll be walking around, so ‘travel light’. I’ve got gear with me, so don’t expect me to carry anything :-). Some sneakers for walking around might be a good idea. What you need is to be discussed, following the ideas for the shoot.
  • If you feel you need make-up (I’m rather sure you don’t, I’m not a big fan, but it’s your call) apply it beforehand. You can retouch once in a while, but we won’t have time for ‘hours’ if you catch my drift. Since we’re going for ‘nature’, extreme make-up might not be in place.
  • Bring something to drink / eat. You might need some.
  • Pictures will be edited, and you get:
    • The set of pictures that we chose and edited, in high resolution
    • the full set of of the shoot (minus the ones that are complete failures) in low resolution
    • the chance to ask, based on the ‘full set’ me to edit 10 pictures that you would like to have edited, besides the ones I chose already.
  • Pictures will not be posted / used online without prior agreement by email. That applies to both you and me! When we agree to use a certain picture, you can post it on whatever site you want. Same applies to me.
  • If you’re up for this, please send me an email: ligatio@ligatio.be Feel free to include:
    • A motivation – why do you want to be a part of this?
    • Something about yourself (do have you modeling experience?)
    • references / pictures of shoots you already did, if available
    • your preferred time
    • if you already have outfits in mind, describe them, or include a picture.
    • practical stuff
    • any questions you may have

Shooting 08/05/2021 – Antwerp

On Saturday May 8th, I’ll be out for shooting, and I’m looking for you to join. Aiming for somewhere between 12h and 20h. I’m flexible.

The concept

I’m planning a photoshoot in Antwerp or surrounding area / cities (let’s say I want to stay in a 45 minute radius around Herentals (see grey area below) to do some intriguing shots.


The idea is ‘sexy’, ‘fetish’, and ‘erotic’. No ‘hardcore porn’. (If you’re into that we could do some shots, but that’s for your portfolio, not mine)
Examples:
– lingerie under a (long) coat
– high heels / nylons / suspenders under a skirt and blouse
– (white)- dress, sheer clothes
– Ripped or tight jeans, topless, …
– mask (anything from ‘a gentle detail’ up to ‘full freaky’ could work!) – could be covid19-proof, but classy
– any kind of fetish / ‘weird stuff’ … (it is highly unlikely you’ll shock me ;-))
– any kind of ‘weirdness’. Discuss upfront.

Even tough we’re doing stuff like that we’re not taking risks.

IMPORTANT: This is about model pictures, and thus not about bondage.

Your input
If you have ideas as well, I’m open to that. A specific fetish? Something you’ve always wanted to do which might suit this shoot? Feel free to discuss! Do you have an amazing location? City? Urbex? The woods? Or anything in between: Let me know! Antwerp city center and surrounding nature is the place to be.

Me

Since you’re on this website, you might already have an idea who I am 🙂 Look for some of my shots below. Check out my Fetlife profile to see more.
You’re 100% safe.
I speak both Dutch and English. Je me debrouille en français, und ich spreche egine worte Deutsch.

You

  • are a girl / woman
  • self assured: you’re not (too) shy in front of a camera. If you’re an experienced model who doesn’t need guidelines, that’s cool. If you’re not, that’s cool too. I can give you directions / help you overcome holdbacks and make sure we both give the best we can.
  • you don’t really need modelling experience, but of course it doesn’t hurt when you have some. I do give some directions for posing, but I expect your input as well.
  • is open minded, has the right attitude, and is ‘daring’
  • who communicates well (this is really important to me. This includes swift communication, and honoring shooting agreements!)
  • able to have different looks / facial expressions.
  • your age is not important. Self confidence is.
  • you’re confident getting naked in front of the camera. For most of the shots some clothing will be involved, but if you’re fine with being naked, I assume everything else will be OK for you as well.

The practical stuff

  • The shoot will happen in the area as indicated. If we go for Antwerp city, the main idea is city center, harbor, surroundings, …. Other places (maybe I city I don’t know, but you do) we’ll see what is interesting. We could also go for ‘nature’ and ‘outdoor’ environment. If you have a cool urbex location in mind, I’m open for that too!
  • The shoot will be somewhere between 12h00 and 20h00. Maybe even later. Dark also works really well for the pictures I have in mind. All depending on your availability of course. Goes without saying the available light will play a big part here. Atmosphere of the pictures will of course depend on this as well.
  • Of course, weather is an important factor. To be discussed.
  • There is no fixed amount of time, but 1 – 2h fly by easily.
  • No money is exchanged. You don’t get paid, and I don’t get paid. We both do this for good shots / portfolio building / amusement.
  • Bring 2 or 3 outfits. We’ll be walking around, so ‘travel light’. I’ve got gear with me, so don’t expect me to carry anything :-). (high) heels are always a good idea, however, some sneakers for walking around might even be better!
  • If you feel you need make-up (I’m rather sure you don’t, I’m not a big fan, but it’s your call) apply it beforehand. You can retouch once in a while, but we won’t have time for ‘hours’ if you catch my drift.
  • Bring something to drink / eat. You might need some.
  • Pictures will be edited, and you get:
    • The set of pictures that I chose and edited, in high resolution
    • the full set of of the shoot (minus the ones that are complete failures) in low resolution
    • the chance to ask, based on the ‘full set’ me to edit 10 pictures that you would like to have edited, besides the ones I chose already.
  • Pictures will not be posted / used online without prior agreement by email. That applies to both you and me! When we agree to use a certain picture, you can post it on whatever site you want. Same applies to me.
  • If you’re up for this, please send me an email: ligatio@ligatio.be Feel free to include:
    • A motivation – why do you want to be a part of this?
    • Something about yourself (do have you modeling experience?)
    • references / pictures of shoots you already did, if available
    • your preferred time
    • if you already have outfits in mind, describe them, or include a picture.
    • practical stuff
    • any questions you may have
  • About travel: I can pick you up / drop you off somewhere in / around Antwerp. Please discuss if needed.

Shooting 29/04/2021 – Antwerp

On Thursday April 29th, I’ll be out for shooting, and I’m looking for you to join. I’m available at 12h00 or later.

The concept

I’m planning a photoshoot in Antwerp or surrounding area to do some intriguing shots.


The idea is ‘sexy’, ‘fetish’, and ‘erotic’. No ‘hardcore porn’. (If you’re into that we could do some shots, but that’s for your portfolio, not mine)
Examples:
– lingerie under a (long) coat
– high heels / nylons / suspenders under a skirt and blouse
– (white)- dress, sheer clothes
– Ripped or tight jeans, topless, …
– mask (anything from ‘a gentle detail’ up to ‘full freaky’ could work!) – could be covid19-proof, but classy
– any kind of fetish / ‘weird stuff’ … (it is highly unlikely you’ll shock me ;-))
– any kind of ‘weirdness’. Discuss upfront.

Even tough we’re doing stuff like that we’re not taking risks.

IMPORTANT: This is about model pictures, and thus not about bondage.

Your input
If you have ideas as well, I’m open to that. A specific fetish? Something you’ve always wanted to do which might suit this shoot? Feel free to discuss! Do you have an amazing location? City? Urbex? The woods? Or anything in between: Let me know! Antwerp city center and surrounding nature is the place to be.

Me

Since you’re on this website, you might already have an idea who I am 🙂 Look for some of my shots below. Check out my Fetlife profile to see more.
You’re 100% safe.
I speak both Dutch and English. Je me debrouille en français, und ich spreche egine worte Deutsch.

You

  • are a girl / woman
  • self assured: you’re not (too) shy in front of a camera. If you’re an experienced model who doesn’t need guidelines, that’s cool. If you’re not, that’s cool too. I can give you directions / help you overcome holdbacks and make sure we both give the best we can.
  • you don’t really need modelling experience, but of course it doesn’t hurt when you have some. I do give some directions for posing, but I expect your input as well.
  • is open minded, has the right attitude, and is ‘daring’
  • who communicates well (this is really important to me. This includes swift communication, and honoring shooting agreements!)
  • able to have different looks / facial expressions.
  • your age is not important. Self confidence is.
  • you’re confident getting naked in front of the camera. For most of the shots some clothing will be involved, but if you’re fine with being naked, I assume everything else will be OK for you as well.

The practical stuff

  • The shoot will happen in the area as indicated. If we go for Antwerp city, the main idea is city center, harbor, surroundings, …. Other places (maybe a city I don’t know, but you do) we’ll see what is interesting. We could also go for ‘nature’ and ‘outdoor’ environment. If you have a cool urbex location in mind, I’m open for that too!
  • The shoot will be somewhere between 12h00 and 19h00.
  • Of course, weather is an important factor. To be discussed.
  • There is no fixed amount of time, but 1 – 2h fly by easily.
  • No money is exchanged. You don’t get paid, and I don’t get paid. We both do this for good shots / portfolio building / amusement.
  • Bring 2 or 3 outfits. We’ll be walking around, so ‘travel light’. I’ve got gear with me, so don’t expect me to carry anything :-). (high) heels are always a good idea, however, some sneakers for walking around might even be better!
  • If you feel you need make-up (I’m rather sure you don’t, I’m not a big fan, but it’s your call) apply it beforehand. You can retouch once in a while, but we won’t have time for ‘hours’ if you catch my drift.
  • Bring something to drink / eat. You might need some.
  • Pictures will be edited, and you get:
    • The set of pictures that I chose and edited, in high resolution
    • the full set of of the shoot (minus the ones that are complete failures) in low resolution
    • the chance to ask, based on the ‘full set’ me to edit 10 pictures that you would like to have edited, besides the ones I chose already.
  • Pictures will not be posted / used online without prior agreement by email. That applies to both you and me! When we agree to use a certain picture, you can post it on whatever site you want. Same applies to me.
  • If you’re up for this, please send me an email: ligatio@ligatio.be Feel free to include:
    • A motivation – why do you want to be a part of this?
    • Something about yourself (do have you modeling experience?)
    • references / pictures of shoots you already did, if available
    • your preferred time
    • if you already have outfits in mind, describe them, or include a picture.
    • practical stuff
    • any questions you may have
  • About travel: I can pick you up / drop you off somewhere in / around Antwerp. Please discuss if needed.

Luminar AI

There is a new kid in photography town. Not sure if I like him.

As a long time follower of Thomas Heaton on YouTube, I came across this video of him in which he expresses his feelings about AI (Artificial Intelligence in (landscape) photography. Referencing to this promotion video for Luminar AI, he asked for opinions on AI in photography. Well, here is mine.

Incredible things can be done with AI to pictures, and we’re only touching the very first products doing this. Imagine what AI can do to pictures in 5, 10 or 20 years. Looking in this era beyond 20 years on a technological perspective, is virtually impossible anyway.

What is a picture? What is photograph?

That is a very good question, albeit it – besides from the obvious characteristics – very hard to define. A (good) picture is an images that moves you in some way. That touches you. That makes you wonder. That inspires you. In relation to AI in photography, you could argue that any image that does this to you, has the desired outcome, despite its source. Is it a painting? A drawing? A photograph? An etch? … Or is it a CGI? (Computer generated Image). As long as it has the desired outcome, this is a good thing, and the source should not really matter. So, thumbs up for AI if it makes you produce more outcome that people like, no? Actually not. The question is, why would you use it? To generate more likes on your product on social media, so your ever increasing addiction to dopamine (dopamine is what your brain produces whenever you experience something good and makes you feel happy. Your brain gives you a shot for every like) keeps getting fed? Because, after all we live in an era where you have to ‘stand out’ and ‘be liked’ (preferably by people not giving a rats ass who you are or what you do, and you feel the same about them as long as they are large in number) for the stuff you put online. Next to that these AI tools ‘make everything look better’, and it will make this happen in seconds. Let me point out a few problems here…

  • What is ‘better’? By whose definition? The software developers? who are they to decide what is bad / good / better / best? And why are you willing to comply with their ideas of that – and even more sick: you’re willing to pay (the license fee) to comply with their views… Do you feel awkward already?
  • The product is praised for being able to ‘slim down’ people. To alter the way you look in such a way that you’ll be able to feed that dopamine addiction even more. But it is not you. The likes are not for you. They are for somebody that does not exist, but is ‘based on you’. So if you as a model have any integrity, self respect and pride, demand of anybody you work with, to not use these tools. Yes, there will be temptation. Resist.
  • Altering skies, landscapes, scenes, … So where is your added value? For what are you actually taking credit in the work that is produced…? Basically for taking a poor picture, but being able to pay for software that hides that fact that you are a poor photographer faking his/her way to the very much needed likes and picture sales. This sounds like a common thing to do in our every becoming more superficial society. We’re losing ourselves. Read books about that.

Should AI be forbidden? Banish it for all eternity?

No. You can do cool stuff with it. And it will only improve. But it should not be mixed with photography. It is / can be an artform in itself. And there is a lot of value in that. There is no problem in a new artform emerging being digital or whatever kind. But I feel there should be a clear distinction between these artforms. Very often, new technology is frowned upon. Let’s take photography as an example. When photography was invented, it was seen as a lame way for people too lazy / stupid / dumb / … to draw or paint, to represent reality. Over the years it developed as a separate, complete distinct artform, with – for most of us – no relationship whatsoever to drawing or painting any more.

My hope for the future

Nobody knows in which direction this will go, but I can tell you my hope for the future regarding AI in images. I hope it will be so good at what it does that it does not need to rely any more on photography in the first place. I hope it becomes that good that it will be able to be an artform in itself. I hope that people will start recognizing what they see is a CGI and appreciate it as such. And please, let there be a lot of people inspired to become ‘digital artists’ and use this technology to the fullest.

In the last 20 years, there was a rush on photography. DSLRs (and now mirrorless) suddenly became within everybody’s reach (read: budget), and because of it being digital, the workflow was accessible for everybody (putting a card into a slot in your computer is way easier than fiddling around with chemicals hoping to put that image on paper). These days, with high end smartphones and ditto cameras, even the DSLR and mirrorless products are challenged. The question is, what does the one pressing the shutter have in mind? Create a memory? Create a source for their dopamine addiction? Well, this is all certainly within range of smartphone cameras. Go for it. Use it. Enjoy it. Use AI. But that is a different goal than what I define as a ‘photographer’. And maybe – who knows – the rush on ‘everybody is a photographer’ will slow down, ad the rush will be on ‘everybody is a CGI creator’. And that is what I really hope. This will leave more room for people who want to create photographs to stand out in the art they love. It will be a smaller community, but a better one than it is now. It will make people appreciate photography again. As long, of course, DSLRs and mirrorless cameras are being produced, and spared from this AI interfering with the process. But I have high hopes. After all, even today, you can still buy rolls of film, and even after the death of Bob Ross, people do still paint…