Back to the old question of –
What is Art?
Or, more specifically –
What is Photographic Art?
Dahlias were two weeks late this year
Odd, since everything else was two weeks early
To me, the question, What is art?, is unanswerable.
At least in the sense of a single objective definition that satisfies all
Recently though I came across an answer that appealed to me –
At least from the viewpoint of photographic art
It states the same view that I’ve preached regularly in this blog
In my words –
There are documentary images and there are creative images of a subject
Everyone can do the former but not the latter
Photography can be a means for creative expression capable of illustrating much deeper concepts than “this is what I saw.” It can be used for the creation of art and ulterior meaning with the same power and nuance as any other means of making and fixing images onto paper (or screen). The purpose of illustration is to say: “Here’s what you would have seen had you been there.” The purpose of art is to say: “Here’s what you would not have seen had I not shown it to you, even if you were standing next to me.” In the former, the photographer is but a passive bystander, a mere operator of machinery; in the latter, the photographer is an integral part of an image and its reason for being.xIf you missed it, here it is again as it’s worth repeating –The purpose of illustration is to say: “Here’s what you would have seen had you been there.”xThe purpose of art is to say: “Here’s what you would not have seen had I not shown it to you, even if you were standing next to me.”
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