Hey everyone, just to let you know I am not dead. In fact, I have just been up to my ears in college applications. I’m really sorry I haven’t posted in…well, forever. Hopefully that will change as I am about to go on winter break from school.
Lately I have been taking a lot of new photos. If you would like to see them, feel free to head on over to my DeviantArt page (http://neverhurtno1.deviantart.com).
The holidays are coming up and I know for a fact that I am going to be getting some new photo equipment of some sort. What kind of photo equipment? I have no idea. I just know I’m getting some. I’m hoping for a macro lens personally…
Today is a day for an editorial. So here it goes.
Photography: Art vs. Hobby
I am fortunate enough to hold the position as Art and Design editor in my school’s Literary Magazine program. Being in such a position exposes me to a variety of mediums of art, both skilled and well…rather unskilled to say the least. Each year, as submissions are reviewed, I am bombarded with dozens of what seem to be vacation pictures.
Am I the only photographer who is irritated by a picture of a pretty sunset?
Don’t get me wrong, I have taken plenty of pictures of sunsets before. I have taken plenty of scenery pictures and plenty of tacky and cliche vacation pictures. However, I have never attempted to put these photos under the “art” category, and I have certainly never submitted them into an arts publication. My pretty scenery photos serve more of a purpose to my own memory than they do to my portfolio. I feel pretentious in saying this, after all, who am I to criticize the work of others to such an extent as to not call it “art?”
I am not going so far as to say that the pretty sunset pictures do not hold beauty in their own. I am not going so far to say that your photo of the Eiffel tower does not hold some charm. I will go so far as to say that if you are in a tourist destination, there is a quite real possibility that someone else has taken the same picture from the same angle as you. At that point, is it still art?
My definition of art includes the notion that your work cannot be easily recreated by those other than yourself. So is it still art if someone else has taken it from the same angle in the same place? My vote is no. However it is still a hobby. I do not consider myself an artist when I am taking pictures on vacation. I consider myself a tourist with a camera. A hobbyist. When I get a concept in my head of a project I would like to embark on is when I consider myself to be an artist.
It all comes down to this: if photography is to be an art, it requires the same amount of forethought as a painter would give to his newest work. In all other cases, it remains just a hobby.
Please feel free to comment if you agree or disagree with my assesment. =]