Is photography really art? In today’s apathetic social media age where anyone can quickly take and share a superficial selfie or a picture of hot dog legs you might find your self questioning whether photography really is art at all or whether it is just who ever has the more expensive piece of equipment wins?
I believe anything can be art if you have created something because you have been inspired in some way to create it because you want to express what is going on inside your mind… but simply taking a nice photo for the sake of it no matter how nice that photo is not art! Even if you do have a £2000 digital camera.
Who cares though if your art doesn’t look nice to other people.. that shouldn’t be the point of art as art is all about personal expression.
It is when you start depicting life and meaning in your photographs and manipulate the images to convey your meaning for example through changing the lighting or what is happening in the picture that your photograph becomes artwork of art. This is because art is all about being inspired, creating and then exploring further different ideas and perceptions to expand your art further. If you are just taking a photograph for no other reason than because you like the look of something there and then this is just recording a moment and nothing more. You must have created or manipulated that moment and why you created that moment is just as important and makes photography art!
Van Gogh used to paint pictures of the most mundane things ever yet he managed to expresses through how he painted these things his emotions. If a photographer simple took a picture of some of the things Van Gogh painted and did little else then this would not compare to what Van Gogh did.
Van Gogh didn’t paint pictures for the wow factor (like so many photographers try to do with their pictures) or fame and money but painted because he wanted to and used it as a medium of expression.
What do you think?