“I’m not like everybody else”—except, well…

That’s the fear, anyway. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows coins “vemödalen”:

vemödalen – n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye—which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself.

Beautifully written & illustrated by John Koenig.

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  1. Thanks for posting this John. The whole (and more-or-less brand new) series of these “essays” is just inspiringly thoughtful. And, just as you noted, beautifully crafted. I have the feeling that they could be a stepping stone to yet better (interactive?) things …

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