DMOZ, as a curated index into the web, has given me the opportunity to find new contemporary photographers, those shooting and posting for the love of it, rather than for the money. Now, it’s very true that many professionals shoot for the love of it and get paid well for doing so, and I don’t want to suggest otherwise. The thing is, I’m interested in finding excellent amateurs, the ones who chose their subject because of their subject alone, the ones who shoot even though there’s no money in it for them.
I’m browsing the directory mozilla using an unstructured approach. It’s not entropic, but I want to have something of the element of surprise that entropy can provide. To put more honestly, starting at A and going to the end gives me a reflux of antienthusiasm, an antienthusiasm could prevent me even starting. I need to get going and browse for a while to find the skegness among the sloughs. These first few bracing shocks will give me the enthusiasm to keep going. That’s why an unstructured approach is more likely to work for me: it prevents that destructive antienthusiasm taking hold.