I was talking with somebody the other day, the way I tend to do, when the subject of “photography” came up. “I’m a photographer,” I said, to which they replied, “oh, what sort of photography do you do?”
When asked that question, I almost always respond with the usual, “fine art.” The trouble is, I’ve grown to realize that not everybody knows exactly what that means.
What is “fine art” photography? Is it one of those things that, kind of like pornography, you know it when you see it? Is there a rigid definition? Does it just really boil down to “blurry” and “out-of-focus” pictures? Or maybe just “everything in black and white and all moody?”
That’s when it dawned on me. I’ve been a fine art photographer for many years. I’ve grappled with this subject already, and come to terms with it. It’s justified and finished in my book. But, not everybody else has. There are a bunch of people out there, out in the “great web yonder” who don’t know what it means. Who never knew what it means. Who are just coming to grips with what it means. Who don’t even recognize it when they see it.
And so, I thought I would be kind and do my “web duty” and start to introduce the topic. To try and define it, yes, to try and introduce it yes, to try and showcase it, maybe (if I’m good enough) basically to open up new doors, expand new horizons, and all of that.
Over the course of the next few weeks, once my new computer is running and stable and I can blog again on a more regular basis, I’m going to tackle that subject. I’m going to take you there and I’m going to describe, define, introduce, maybe refine what all of this “fine art photography” is all about.
In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, or there are any topics you’d like me to cover specifically, please do drop me a line (either leave a comment or click on the email me link off in the sidebar.)
It goes without saying really, but I look forward to the journey.
Until next time…