I was asked this question recently by someone who poses as a ‘wanabe’ artist. “what about the art, what about your idea, who gave you inspiration?” is what should be asked. Do you ask a boxer what make of gloves he or she uses or do you ask what type of pen a successful writer uses or do you ask a photographer what type of camera he or she uses.. NO you don’t. Maybe this paragraph will shed some light on what I mean.
‘A photographer went to lunch with a new client and took along a portfolio of his best-loved photographs. After looking through the portfolio the client said, “these are great, you must have a fantastic camera!” The photographer, before leaving the lunch, accepted the invitation to shake the client’s hand and replied, “that was a great meal, you must have some fantastic pots and pans!” Later, when feeling less rejected, the client propagated a second attempt at connecting with the photographer by saying “tell me, what’s the best camera to use”, “the one you have with you at the time” was the answer’.
In some ways these examples highlight a lack of understanding that photography is an art form. The photographer should not be seen as just a recorder of a scene but as an artist. By using painting, drawing or photography one is employing a ‘tool’ to bring to fruition a vision foreseen by a creative mind. It is unlikely that an artist is asked which brand of paint brush or paint he or she has used when presenting their work, nor is it the case that only a particular make of camera should be used when entering a photographic competition. It is true to say however, that not all photographs can be seen as art but, if one accepts that skill and judgment has been applied to the creation of an image, an image which brings forward a reaction in the viewer, then yes, photography can be judged as art and not by the tools used to create it.
“When someone says my camera takes nice pictures, I smile at them and say, thanks, I taught it everything”
Joke taken from https://kidadl.com/funnies/puns/camera-puns-and-jokes-that-have-no-negatives
Terence Jones ARPS
A photography enthusiast with a long and varied interest in taking pictures.
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