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!
Landscape and travel
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