Hi everyone! First of all, I hope you enjoy today’s photograph. It’s more from the abandoned silo complex, purposely tinted mint green to emphasize the moss growing in many places and the greenery beyond the window. It reminds me of some dream-like album covers I’ve seen.
But is it art?
Now, normally I like to stay away from strong controversy, so I’m taking a bit of a risk with this post. I guess there’s just some times when you have to say something, even if it’s only on your own blog. There’s a debate on the web about whether or not photography deserves being called art. We humans being creatures of extremes, there are two major sides.
The first side says photography is not art at all, because all it takes to make a shot is to press a button (as opposed to hours of painting or sculpting). The other side says photography is always art because it’s a legitimate form of self-expression and imagination, like all other kinds of art. Which side do I take?
I’d like to think the answer is a bit more complex than just taking one side or another. First, photography is more involved than just button pushing. At the least there are composition and other creative aspects to consider. Second, and I know this is a hard line to take, I don’t think that all shots are art. It’s not unreasonable to say a photo taken with the lens cap on is anything less than a mistake. But also any quick snap, if there is not some level of both creative and technical expertise behind it, is questionable in my view. Even a Polaroid can achieve excellence with the right understanding of light and aesthetics.
Is it art? In my opinion, yes: if you pour both your passion and your skill into it. Otherwise? No so much.
So what do you all think? Comments?
Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/16, 2.5″
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