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Art vs. Non Art
updated: Jan 05, 2013, 4:00 PM

By Steve McGovern

So I woke up this morning thinking about the discussion on Edhat this week about art vs. not-art. The argument is that art is painting, drawing, sculpturing, but not photography. Art is created from the depths of an artist's mind. Photographs are simply the result of pointing a camera at something and pushing a button. Anybody can take pictures.

I can't decide the issue for others, just for me. I mean, would Christo's creations be art without the photographs of it? He drapes things, extends cloth for miles over hilly country, or whatever, and then takes pictures of it. Is the project the art? Are the photographs of it the art? Most of us will never see the real thing, just the pictures. Hard for me to separate the the "art" from the photos of it.

I take thousands of photos every year and I think some of it is fairly artsy, so I think photography CAN be art... but sometimes it's just a pretty picture. For me it comes down to this: Art is not art BECAUSE it leaps fully formed from someone's mind. In my opinion, some of the stuff Picasso did was junk. On the other hand, some of Ansel Adam's pictures were snapshots. What it comes down to is this: There is nowhere else locally, other than Edhat, where 1000 people will look at a photograph taken by an amateur photographer. Sometimes, people even say nice things about them. If someone says something negative about mine, I don't care. I will look at it again to see if they might be right, but in the end, if I like it, I don't care about negative comments.

I can't draw. I can't sculpt. I can't paint (mostly because I can't draw). So, I take pictures. I don't make any money doing it. I shoot something I think is interesting and then I might work with it in Photoshop or, at least, iPhoto and I like to think I improve it. Sometimes, I make it look entirely different than it did when I pointed my camera at it. If I don't like the result, I get rid of it. I wish some "artists" were as discerning. More than that, I wish some art lovers were more discerning.

Didn't want to spend too much time on something that really doesn't matter. Instead, I went out and took some pretty pictures. Not trying to make art. I just like the colors.

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