Gateway to Western Colorado
In the 1943 classic movie "Funny Face," fashion photographer, Dick (Fred Astaire), has invaded a small bookstore for the purpose of using it as a background for photographing a fashion magazine model. Afterwards, feeling badly for having turned the store upside-down, and a bit attracted to the pretty young store clerk, Dick sticks around awhile to put the books back in their place. An exasperated Jo (Audrey Hepburn) challenges his empathy and choice of career...
JO: I mean, a man of your ability wasting his time photographing silly dresses on silly women.
DICK: Aha, I don't know... most people think they're beautiful dresses on beautiful women.
JO: At most a synthetic beauty.
JO: Trees are beautiful. Why don't you photograph trees?
DICK: I do what I do for a living. It has to do with supply and demand. You'd be amazed how small the demand is for pictures of trees. My work is very pleasant, the pay is excellent, and I get a trip to Paris every year.
I can't help but wonder if Fred Astaire would answer that question the same way today.
Maybe nothing has changed in nearly 80 years of our perceptions of photography... or has it?