WordPress has made a decision – it doesn’t think much of your idea of photographic composition. The Reader now crops your image any old how. I quote: “Here’s the idea: the Reader stream is not the work itself, it’s an excerpt of the work. So, for text, we “crop” it and show just the first few lines. For photos, we do the same.’ Excuse me – a photo is a work in itself.
We take it, we process it, we may crop it to improve the composition, and the end result is how we want it to be seen. We don’t want some arbitrary computer at WordPress to take a pair of editing scissors to it and chop a bit of the image out and display that bit.
If you wonder what I am talking about, then open the WordPress Reader and see how images are being mangled in the last 2-3days. And here is the hilarious bit. The guy who penned the WordPress article ‘A refreshed Reader for 2017’, (click here to view) from which the quote above is taken is a photographer himself (Derek Powazek). Here’s what he writes in reply to a comment made about his article: “Wanna know a secret? I’m actually a photographer, too. (I even ran a photography magazine back in the day.)” Words fail me.
Here’s my own comment appended to Derek’s article:
‘Has WordPress decided that it doesn’t like bloggers who post images in their blogs, and specifically doesn’t like photographers for whom Images are the heart of their regular Posts? I ask that question because suddenly the Reader is cropping our images in a totally arbitrary fashion; in many instances completely ruining the composition and thereby often making it appear that our images appear as the work of novices with no artistic sense whatever. Would someone in WordPress management re-consider this frankly ridiculous decision please, or it is likely that many of us who are serious photographers, who wish our photography to be taken seriously, will decide to take our custom elsewhere.’
And in case you are wondering, I have deliberately posted a rubbish photo, because why bother to post anything meaningful. And yes, I do realise that Instagram generally crops images square (but the photographer has some control of which part of the image is displayed) and so does 500px, but there again the photographer has control over the part of the image that is displayed as a thumbnail square crop. WordPress just doesn’t care.
If you don’t like this wizard new idea, and don’t like the concept that an ‘excerpt’ of your photo is a good idea, then complain, Add a comment to Derek’s article. Make your voice heard. If this crazy way is not re-refreshed early in 2017, I for one will be leaving WordPress.