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Do you have to work hard to make a good piece of art? Well its complex, but I guess to cut to the chase in an abbreviated answer, in our society the answer is yes!

However, I think photography is generally considered easy by the wider public, (after all you just press the button right!) There is a, dare I say it, ‘working class’ perception in our society that you must endure to add value, craft something, put time and effort into it, really labour before it becomes worthwhile. Or is that just my perception?

I also think the likes of them, ‘ivory tower, fine art purposefully out of reach’ that is modern art, (Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin) perpetuate a popular culture that actively works to support this view, ‘that you must work hard to produce valued art’. (Anyway modern art is almost a reaction to the aesthetic lead crafted ‘art’ and actively rejects anything without concept, or should I say ‘trendy’ paradoxically recycled ideas).

Of course to produce good art, you must have consistency, or do you? I do believe that you can produce a ‘lucky one shot wonder’, but does that luck, really lessen the quality of the image? Well that depends on whether you respect the work or the philosophy of the image maker. Is it more about the insightfulness of the person behind the work, or is it the work itself? What about Banksy? Do we respect him any less because he is a faceless artist, or is it his philosophy that we respect?

Anyway, I’m not trying to answer any question here but just open up some thoughts...

This image was made on Sunday morning a couple of miles from where I live. Elden and I headed out for a misty walk and after a few hours of wandering in and out of the fog, I made this image. I personally wanted to find a more delicate beach tree to juxtapose against some heavy pine tree trunks, but it looks like the fog is here to stay for the next few days at least, so who knows, I may eventually find what I’m looking for!

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF70-200mm f/4L USM +1.4x
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Nov 2011 - 9:39 AM
Focal Length:105mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1.3sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Misty Sunday Morning
Username:jasontheaker jasontheaker
Uploaded:22 Nov 2011 - 6:28 PM
Tags:Atmospheric, Autumn, Beech, Complex, Fog, Forest, Landscape / travel, Leaves, Mist, Pine, Trees
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 6:50 PM

Ah the debate about art - endlessly thought provoking. Garrath and I are great lovers of modern art and always seek out the modern art galleries wherever we go,and we have determined that there are lots of categories of modern art. One of them we describe as 'taking the p*ss!' My own view is that regardless of what the art critics say (and that is so subject to fashion) art is the image, music, dance, theatre, poetry or literature that touches your soul and is more that its component parts. There, that's me being pompous and self opinionated, and I am working class!

Love your photograph by the way. It has a gentle, evocative quality that touches my soul.

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ChasD
ChasD e2 Member 5ChasD vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 6:58 PM

If you think that what you have produced is a work of art then it is. Whether it is considered good depends on the perception of the beholder. This particular beholder likes the shot very much. I think you have captured the misty mood well and you have selected from the woodland scene a particular pattern of the trees that makes it your composition. I also think that the misty greyness is perfectly offset by the contrast of the golden leaves. Are you likely to sell it to a an art collector for millions of pounds? I doubt it but does that matter? It is the satisfaction that the photo gives you and others that counts.

Charles

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4602 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom63 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2011 - 7:36 PM

Mmmmm....beautiful !!!!

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jasontheaker
22 Nov 2011 - 11:20 PM

Hi Lynne
Well I’m not sure how to respond to your consider and delicately worded comment. I truly appreciate your kind words even though they are working class! he he...by the way, I’m from we roots, and still believe you have to work hard to make something of yourself, but it’s not all about just working, you have to think too!
Charles, oh I never think I will sell a piece of my work for millions of pounds...(but Damien Hurst did go to the same art college as you’re truly!) he he!
Niknut, cheers dude!

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