What’s the difference between a bad photo and a boring photo? I was wondering about this as I trawled through pictures from ten years ago and found some that I had kept despite repeated culling over the years. I think ‘boring’ is a quality that a picture can have that makes it something more than merely bad. Bad pictures on the other hand don’t even rise to the height of being boring. Below is one of my favourite ‘boring’ photos. This is an exit from an underground car park at the Allianz arena in the suburbs of Munich.
I like the subdued colour palette with just that splash of red, and the lines and angles, but there’s no getting away from the fact that there’s a lot of tarmac and concrete here. Still, much of the urban world is like this – functional, unremarkable, to the point where we don’t even notice it. Perhaps the ‘boringness’ of a picture can tell us something more, whereas the only thing a bad picture tells us is that its a bad picture.