Does Your Art Have Heft?

Here is a post brought to us by Michael Zhang of Petapixel.  http://tinyurl.com/cxcutk6 about a review of photographic art by Andrew Graham-Dixon of The Telegraph in London.

It’s a great post, and the article in The Telegraph http://tinyurl.com/corwqco is worth a read also. However, I do not think that Mr. Dixon is a big fan of photography. He is too busy lifting the weight, heft, of his bias towards only one form of art. The quote in the article is:

“The truth is that very few photographers have ever produced images with the weight of thought and feeling found in the greatest paintings. The camera is certainly an artistic tool, and photos can certainly be works of art. But can they be works of art of the same order as paintings? Modern critical orthodoxy would say yes. But the real answer is no. Photography lacks the depth and heft, the thinking sense of touch, that painting possesses.

That is why the greatest images of the last 150 years– the images people argue about, contest, return to again and again – are not photographs but paintings”

This made me wonder what would happen if we started to look at other forms of fine art from the same hefty reference point.

“The truth is that very few sculptors have ever produced works with the weight of thought and feeling found in the greatest paintings. Clay for bronze casting is certainly an artistic tool, and sculptures can certainly be works of art. But can they be works of art of the same order as paintings? Modern critical orthodoxy would say yes. But the real answer is no. Sculpture lacks the depth and heft, the thinking sense of touch, that painting possesses.

That is why the greatest art of the last 150 years– the art people argue about, contest, return to again and again – are not sculptures but paintings.”

Nope, still sounds rather hefty.  I wonder how he would define a class of preschool finger painting?
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Do You Only Make One Print?

 

I came across this post on the Fashion Copious blog.  The author of the post claims that the reason photography has a hard time being considered a fine art is due to making multiple copies of our photographs.

I more and more believe that photographers who want to be taken seriously as fine artists should only produce a single production of a photo. The same way a painter only paints a single one off. This idea of producing multiple copies in editions is utter…” “ and the reason why art photography is perceived inferior to painting, sculpture, etc… Artist’s Proof is another marketing joke in the life of a photographer. No guts, no glory.”-   http://goo.gl/ctXTA .

Is it true?    Naturally, I have my own ideas.  But I’d like to hear from both the fellow photographers and the people who buy and collect art.

 

Would photography be more respected as an art if photographers only allowed one print of their work made?

 

 

Travel Security: 5 Tips For Safe Travel

 

Security of yourself and your camera is very important when traveling.  No one likes to have a job assignment or vacation ruined because of a thief.  Here are 5 steps that might help the next time your out-of-town.

 

1.  You are not going to blend in.  Don’t try to fit in but don’t try to stand out either.  The locals already know you don’t belong, but you should not aggravate that situation. The only place a person with expensive cameras and big telephoto lenses blend in is a sporting event.  If you find that you need to travel to a less than savory area of a city or country, hire a local guide or a local photographer as your second shooter or security. Do not go alone.  The locals will know where it is safe to visit.

 

2.  Hotels are vulnerable when the maid is cleaning your room.  It’s usually not the maid or hotel staff you have to worry about.  A well dressed person can simply walk into your hotel room while the maid is there and claim they forgot something.  Wham!  You just got robbed.  Use the hotel vault or use the safe in your room to protect things. You could also lock your bags with a chain around a bedpost or the dresser.

 

3.  Make sure to zip your bags closed.  The easiest way to do this is just to lock you bags with a small travel lock.  When walking around with a backpack, this can prevent pickpockets from accessing your things easily.

 

4.  When you’re in the local environment the type of bag you use for your equipment is important.  A major rule is less is more.  Remember you are a photographing “tourist”, not a pack llama.  Several photographers use hunting or fishing vests that have several deep pockets and carry things like UV lenses and cleaners.  Backpacks are great but you have to take them off to get anything.  A sling bag worn across the body is better. It’s easy to carry the bag in front of you if you need access to the bag.

 

5.  Remember that no camera or personal equipment is ever worth your life.  Equipment is replaceable, hopefully you aren’t.  That is what insurance companies are for.  Get insurance, either a travel policy or a separate business policy.  If you are traveling internationally, keep a list of phone numbers for your countries embassy or consulate in case something happens.  If something bad happens, speaking to a person who speaks your language fluently will make all the difference in what happens next.

Most of all, just use common sense.  Real life is not a scripted reality TV show.  Respect the laws, customs, and any police or security officers with large automatic weapons. Be safe.

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5 Ways to Decorate with Photography

People are always interested in finding new ways to decorate a room or even a whole house.   Photography gives the everyday person and professional interior designers a new tool in their design and decorating arsenal.

  • Mugs – Mugs and ceramics are a great choice   in a number of styles and functions. You can buy ceramics with your favorite picture or even fine art printed on the side. Placing photographs on everything from steins to bone china serve a dual purpose. I love the idea that I can use my art.  It decorates but also has a purpose.
  • Magnets – these aren’t just tourist magnets on your refrigerator anymore. Magnets placed on file cabinets, metal desks, metal baskets, even dry erase boards add a decorative and functional touch to the business or home office.
  • Calendars – Calendars come in all variety and styles and are everyday items found decorating most  kitchens or offices.  Once again it has both a function and an artistic value that gives it added value people are looking for.  A different picture displayed every month will add that special missing decorative element missing from a room.
  • Canvas –   These are popular at all the local fine art fairs.  The technology of putting a photograph on a printed stretched canvas has improved greatly over the last few years. Want to put a fine art landscape scene in a room?  Try a canvassed photograph and be surprised at the results.
  • Framed Fine Art – The classical photographic print.  They come in different sizes and shapes.  Placing a nice close up picture of a flower is very practical and modern. Choosing a sepia or black and white photograph highlights the artistic shades of color and movement in a rooms décor.   It gives a look that provides links to the past or modernize and update the antique to the present.

People wanting to change a room, or just give a space a wow factor use photographs.  They easily fit in places where paintings and other traditional poster print just won’t fit.

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The Story of Gulf and Clouds

The really cool thing about photography is that often times there is a story that goes with a particular picture.  Such is true with the picture Gulf and Clouds.

Ann and I were sitting at a bar in Key West Florida.  We were enjoying beautifully created Piña Coladas on a well deserved vacation.  It was one of those magical moments where you could feel the warm breeze, hear the ocean, and smell the salt of the water.

Our fabulous get away was suddenly interrupted by that satanic spawn of technology known as my wife’s cell phone.  I thought “Well, that ruins the moment.”  It was a text message from her co-worker asking where such and such file for a customer was.  Annoying!!!!   Hello!  She is on vacation!

Her response was to take a picture of the scenery with her phone.  She sent the picture back to her coworker with the following response.  “ I’m not in my office.  Be back Monday.  Maybe…..”

It was such a perfect response that I grabbed my camera and took the shot you see now.  Thus, Gulf and Clouds was born.

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Photographic Art that tells stories.

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