We at CWTP have noticed a very repetitive pattern stemming from our beloved ’tiser. This is by no means a recent observation, in fact we suspect the trend has been with us since the rag has been our beacon of arts reporting from the very beginning. But it comes into very sharp focus whilst viewing their recent ‘Look back at 50 years of the Fringe” feature on the adelaide now website.
On viewing these photos we noticed a lot of similarity and a distinct lack of originality in how the ’tiser photo journalists view the arts through their lenses.
So we took a quick tally. Out of the 70 odd photo’s featured we’ve divided them up into the following categories of non originality, here are the scores.
- Show Pics (Happy) – Mainly pictures of artists from a show; sometimes on set, however quite often not, and instead taken on the street or in a grungy looking alley way, depicting silly looking artists (ie: with mouths open, pulling funny faces, leaping in the air, looking silly) – TOTAL 17
- Show Pics (Serious) – Mainly pictures of artists from a show; sometimes on set, however quite often not, and instead taken on the street or in a grungy looking alley way, depicting silly looking artists looking serious (ie: faces painted, with masks or faces obscured looking silly but making serious art) – TOTAL 12
- Opening Night Parade / Crowd – Hardly any shots of the actual parades that the community (re: ’tiser) seems to so dearly love. It seems the photographers retire before the parade even starts so they take a photo pre-parade with a selection of artists, detatched and out of context from their shows, often looking silly (happy version), often on a street or in a grungy looking alley way – TOTAL 11
- Poster Artist With Poster – Often an unimaginative shot of the person who designed that years poster holding his or her poster – sometimes shot is taken with silly looking artists in the background – TOTAL 9
- Silly Looking Artists on the Street – Can you see a pattern forming here? This category is put aside just for those artists who are actually busking on the street and should be looking silly. This is opposed to the artists who are photographed on the street or in a grungy looking alley way, detached from their sets and props, that put their oh so silly, funny and just plain craaaaaaazy antics into context. – TOTAL 9
- Award Photos – An interesting selection of self important photos reaffirming the significance of our beloved rags awards. Often shot is of a journalist giving an award to someone who is not an artist anymore. – TOTAL 6
- Fringe Venue – Shots of creatively decorated Fringe Venue’s often depicted with silly looking artists looking pleased with themselves. – TOTAL 3
- Lano and Woodly – Yes they are silly looking but the Advertiser must like them so they get their own catagory. Brian Nankervis (now of SBS’s Rock Kwiz) also appears in two photos as well but he isn’t as identifiable. We also spotted once SA based artists who have now become interstate paper pushers (ie: Virginia Hyam and Kym Hanna) – TOTAL 2
- Fringe Director – There are two shots of current Fringe Director Christie Anthoney looking silly – we know it’s got nothing to do with the Fringe and everything to do with the way ’tiser has no imagination.
- Politician with Silly Artist – A curious shot of then premier John Bannon with a silly looking artist. An obvious attempt at making the politician appear voter friendly. It’s a wonder Media Mike hasn’t taken up the opportunity recently. Oh that’s right he only does FILM. – TOTAL 1
So there you have it. We actually can’t wait for the 50th celebrations of both the Fringe and Festival proper in 2010. However lets hope in the next 50 years the Advertiser’s photo journalists can actually come up with an original photographic concept and if you do happen to be featured in one of those future photos we implore you to try and not be persuaded to look silly … just good!