Ideas

Art  in General

A photograph is a frozen two dimensional representation of a slice of time and because of this it is an abstraction of reality. Our minds give the photograph more or less degrees of reality. Picasso was commissioned to do a portrait of a lady. The patron chided Picasso and said that his representation was not at all like his wife. Picasso asked how he thought she looked. The client took a picture from his wallet and handed it to Picasso. Picasso held the picture and said, “Oh, that small?” One should never forget a photograph is an abstraction.

In the past, photography for the most part was a subtractive art form. We selected what should be in the picture and excluded what shouldn’t. This was mainly done before the shutter was tripped. While much could be done in the darkroom, there were practical limits which made pre-visualization necessary. Within these constraints there has been some brilliant work done. With the advent of digital and the ability for easy manipulation, photography can now move into an additive art from. Now a photographer can be as free in their creativity as any traditional artist.

A photograph is a dialogue among subject, artist, and viewer. The subject exists and the artist sees something within the subject.  What he sees is very personal as no two people see quite the same things. The artist then translates what he sees in his mind to something tangible. This is presented to an audience which may be big or small. How the work affects the viewer determines the value of the work. If it creates no emotion it fails. The emotion may not be a positive one, but it must be what the artist intended or the value of the piece is just based on luck.

My Art

A photograph is a frozen two dimensional representation of a slice of time and because of this it is an abstraction of reality. Our minds give the photograph more or less degrees of reality. Picasso was commissioned to do a portrait of a lady. The patron chided Picasso and said that his representation was not at all like his wife. Picasso asked how he thought she looked. The client took a picture from his wallet and handed it to Picasso. Picasso held the picture and said, “Oh, that small?” One should never forget a photograph is an abstraction.

In the past, photography for the most part was a subtractive art form. We selected what should be in the picture and excluded what shouldn’t. This was mainly done before the shutter was tripped. While much could be done in the darkroom, there were practical limits which made pre-visualization necessary. Within these constraints there has been some brilliant work done. With the advent of digital and the ability for easy manipulation, photography can now move into an additive art from. Now a photographer can be as free in their creativity as any traditional artist.

A photograph is a dialogue among subject, artist, and viewer. The subject exists and the artist sees something within the subject.  What he sees is very personal as no two people see quite the same things. The artist then translates what he sees in his mind to something tangible. This is presented to an audience which may be big or small. How the work affects the viewer determines the value of the work. If it creates no emotion it fails. The emotion may not be a positive one, but it must be what the artist intended or the value of the piece is just based on luck.