"Fine Art" Photography - is it the only Photography "Art" category?

September 23, 2008  •  Leave a Comment


I hear so much about "Fine Art" Photography. Seems to me it is typically black and white and tends to highlight (excuse the pun) lighting, "beauty" and, in general, "pleasing" pictures. Maybe this is what most people want. They can hang it in their living room. The Ansel Adams legacy.
I am not saying Art photography (or Photography art) cannot be "beautiful", or "pleasing" - but surely it is more than that? I read somewhere that Art is about asking questions and not answering them. I think this is a key concept. A photograph that is "what it is", as beautiful as it may be, can extract a "Wow" - but it cannot intrigue you.
I want Art to be intriguing - I want to wonder why I am interested in it, I want it to make me think.
 
I do love photography. I like the magic. Yet there are so many photographs that bore me to tears. I want so much more out of a photograph.. the "something else" that gives you a twitch in the stomach. This is why I don't like most photos of sunsets.
 

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