So, this popped up in my google reader. I do not subscribe to the Etsy blog, but I do leave the feature turned on in google reader whereby it shows you stuff that lots of other people like. The results are usually tedious, but occasionally fascinating.
In this case, what’s interesting is that while “ruin porn” has been on my radar lately at Conscientious and The Online Photographer as, shall we say, a disputed and potentially even disqualified genre of photography, it is also apparently alive and well and reaching a broader and uncritical audience.
This is interesting — maybe even more so when you note the username of the post author at Etsy — and is more so in light of how many times bloggers have presented the “news” of this particular work (it’s been making the rounds of boingboing and other mainstream blogs as well as photo blogs for at least a year and a half). Which makes it a bit like Vivian Maier, the photographer who — for what feels forever — keeps getting talked about because the internet doesn’t discover anything all at once, but rather in shifts and cycles, so that everything is always news to somebody.