CAN WE CREATE ART FROM PHOTOGRAPHY?
I seem to have crossed paths with three views concerning photography and art and how they may or may not be connected. The first view is that photography is not an art because it is produced with a mechanical device and by chemical and physical phenomenon not by hand and inspiration. The second view is that photographs would be useful to art but should not be equal in creativeness to painting and drawing. The final theory is that because photography is so similar to lithography and etching then it would be beneficial to the arts as well as culture.
I guess I’ll leave that debate for someone else…maybe you.
However, I do recognize the difference between “Joe Camera” taking a picture cluttered with distracting backgrounds, tilting horizons, and unintended lighting fiascos that would frighten even the staunchest of special effects engineers; and the landscape artistry of Philip Hyde or Ansel Adams. So since it seems to require some form of giftedness, it would seem to qualify as an art form on some level.
But even if that is the case (and I leave that debate for you), how far can it be taken? In other words, with the capability of photographic manipulation can our photography be taken to even higher artistic levels?
This past weekend I decided to visit the Sherman Library Gardens in Newport Beach, California. As gardens go, I suppose this one would be considered very small. And yet, possibly because of its quaintness, I found it to be surprisingly serene. Neither image I’m presenting in this post is straight out of the camera. The first has gone through some usual editing techniques to create a path leading to the focal point of the image…
…while the second image has experienced further manipulation to create a much more contemporary abstract.
These images may or may not appeal to you. That’s OK! Interestingly, I can find appeal in both of them. I tend to consider each image as to how it is presented and how it may relate within the overall composition of its surroundings. Without that decorative cohesiveness, either image might seem uninteresting and out of place!
This site has been fortunate to attract both purists and what one might call more progressive (for lack of a better term) photographers, which works masterfully to create lively discussion.
So, let’s see where this will take us. And as usual, please feel free to comment on the images.