Pursuing fine art photography

In your photographic journey, you may arrive on a crossroad and choose the direction that some masters and professionals have taken – fine art photography. Would we, humble enthusiasts, amateurs and hobbyists, ever qualify as fine art photographers?  What would it take to create images of this kind? In the first place what is fine art photography? Oh, I’ve read countless definitions all over the Web and they are all mayhem, subjective, each to his own meaning. Whenever there is the word “art” you know it will attract notice and emotional responses. Some say if its worth hanging on a wall its fine art. Fine. It’s not fine art if it is only viewed on a computer monitor. Fine. Some say its a matter of opinion if an image is a fine art piece. Fine again. I read something somewhere that made sense: “a fine art photograph is an image that is made in a manner suggesting great care, ingenuity and skill.” I will not add to the melee and just stop at that definition which is somehow along the line of how Wikipedia defines it: “Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer as artist.” With that done, let’s tackle what it takes to create a fine art image. There are quite a lot of tutorials and tips out there but I found this article Fine Art Photography by John Maxymuik most interesting and appropriate since some of the items listed have already been discussed in my previous posts. There are 11 items the author suggests we follow and some of these include pursuing the goal, developing our “seeing” skills, developing our imagination, incorporating  “expression” and “meaning”, and employing the basics of good composition, among others. Can we cut it? Of course my dear friends! Our photographic journey is a progression. We need to level up. We got the eye for “seeing”, we know what image has meaning, we think before we shoot, we are adept in composition and we have practiced all these years. We can make the grade. Now whether our works get the attention of curators and gallery owners is another matter. Enough said.


6 responses

  1. ‘Fine Art Photography’….mutter, mutter, mutter
    Can you truly make ‘Fine Art’ with a machine?

    November 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

    • Junsjazz

      No. We need to have it carefully printed on high end photo paper (that’s why there are fine art prints for sale), put it on an expensive frame to increase the cost, have it exhibited in a gallery to triple its price and wait for a collector (preferably someone who has no idea what fine art is) to buy it. 🙂 We can make fine art images, but a physical fine art piece has to go through the process. Thanks Stephen!

      November 28, 2012 at 11:43 am

  2. can you make fine art with a machine? Can you make fine art with a pencil? Maybe it is not the tool you use but the vision and the ability to see and express that on paper. Not to mention the journey of letting go of all the stuff that gets in the way.LOL

    November 28, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Hehe…this art thing rattles…so we’ll just keep it plain, simple and fun – shoot! 🙂 Thanks for your input Jane!

      November 29, 2012 at 1:14 am

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  4. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing

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