Someone asked me recently what type of photographer I was; asking if I did weddings and portraits. While the portrait and wedding industry is a huge one, there is more than that in the photography world. I paused for a moment (because I knew the next question would involve defining my answer) before answering that I do fine art and street photography. I will do a post about street photography at a later date; today we will discuss fine art photography.
But what is fine art photography? That is a difficult one that occasionally I have said tongue in cheekily is a photograph that you would hang on your wall as art/decor. Even that is a bit of a wobbly definition because many of us have photos of our last vacation or family reunion on our walls or desks but does that make them fine art? What makes one photo fine art while the other is just a “snapshot” of sorts?
We could argue the point for days but here is something the great Ansel Adams once stated, “Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetic. Photography becomes art when certain controls are applied.” So what does that mean?
I’ll let these three women give their definitions of the art. First we have an article from Jessica Stewart titled 10+ Photographers Who Have Elevated the Power of Fine Art Photography. This one is from someone you may know already from the blogging and photography world, Leanne Cole, What is Fine Art Photography and How to Do it? And from Dakota Murphey, What is Fine Art Portrait Photography?
I like to think of my fine art photography as an image that I have taken that is more than just the image itself. It conveys the vision of what I was trying to create when I both took and edited the photo; more than just here is a picture of something.
Here are examples of my fine art photography. Each one has caught the eye of someone who purchased them to hang on a wall somewhere. I am very proud and pleased by that as would any artist from any medium.
Having said all that – and possibly muddied the waters of what is fine art photography even further – what’s your take on photography as art? Do you think it is or can be? And are you a fine art photographer or do you create fine art photos? Or do you even give your photography a label? Do tell…