So Shannon and I have been discussing things that have come up in the landscape photography community recently. I think she wrote a great piece, and I encourage you to read it, if you haven’t already. I also recommend reading Sarah Marino’s article on the current state of affairs, naturephotoguides.com/blog/photo-consumption-conformity
…what is up with all of the negative attacks on photographers/photography lately?
(Spoiler alert…Devil’s advocate time!)
Right around the time Peter Lik is reported to have sold that expensive slot canyon shot, I also saw at least two articles about how photography isn’t art, and another purporting the term artist isn’t applicable now. We are all “creative entrepreneurs”.
Now, within the last few weeks, I see a rash of photographers attacking the work of their peers.
I guess my question is, “To what end?”
Really, please, explain it to me.
My perspective on photography as a whole is this: it is a medium to express yourself, therefore it is art. The articles I read specifically compared it to painting, suggesting the camera does the work, therefore it is not art.
By that logic, doesn’t the paintbrush do the work?
The tool is just that. A tool to be used in…
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