This past weekend I was able to spend some time with members of our local art community, when the subject of photography was brought up, many but not all of the people at this gathering seemed to turn their noses up to photography as an art form. A few of them did acknowledge that B&W’s, Nudes and Portraits were art, but when it came to landscape and nature photography, a large of number them seemed very disinterested.
As a beginning photographer that specializes in nature and landscape I found this a bit disheartening and really struggled with an answer to their arguments. Many of them sited Photoshop and photo manipulation as reasons, others argued that they created art and that I just recorded it, being that I was an invited guest I pretty much kept my mouth shut. The argument grew out of the fact that a question was asked about art sales and how many sales or inquiries they had received.
When I had interjected that I was doing pretty well, the conversation got a little tense, that’s when they began to explain to me that what I was doing wasn’t quite an art form and the fact that my prices weren’t nearly as high as theirs didn’t help much as well. So I guess my question to you is do you agree with their premise and is photography not quite up there with other forms of art or are they just a group of dissatisfied artists taking out their frustrations on me?
I don’t claim to be an artist and the title somehow makes me feel a little uncomfortable, but I do know I have seen some incredible pieces of art created by photographers that I would to have hanging on my wall. Photography is a hobby for me that brings in a little cash on the side that I enjoy greatly, and chances are I will never do it full time, but I do believe it is a beautiful form of art and I was wondering what your thoughts or comments on this subject were?
This is a image of a heron that I used Photoshop on to get these results, I am guessing they wouldn’t say this was art.