Ah. One of those never ending debates: Is photography art? If so, when?
I like photography. In fact, I recently bought a film camera that I’m having a lot of fun with even though I’d previously only used a point and shoot. I like it because my favorite part of art is the composition. I’m slowly learning all the technical aspects, but even with very sketchy knowledge of them I can usually get a photograph I’m pretty happy with if I pay a little attention to the composition.
As for whether or not it’s art, well I think it usually is. I allow a pretty broad definition of art: if at least one person considers it art then it is. I think it’s related to my view on creativity. Things can be creative on a personal level, such as being inspired to try something in cooking that is new to you even though surely thousands of people have tried it before or they can be creative on a much bigger level, such as coming up with a new recipe that’s so popular it eventually becomes the national dish of your country. The same should apply to art, which is almost always a creative process. I think the only photographs I wouldn’t consider art on at least some level are photos that are taken solely to convey information, such as a photo for a listing on ebay or this photo of my cat that I took just to show my friends what she was doing:
And since I feel like I don’t share enough visuals on this blog, here are my 5 favorite photos from my quick shoot today. I was just shooting in auto as part of an assignment for a course I’m taking.
What do you think? Has anybody ever told you that something you do wasn’t art when you thought it was?