Fine art photography / or Artistic Photography


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Fine art photography / or Artistic Photography

14 Jun 2016 10:38PM   Views : 852 Unique : 506

I've always struggled to work out what "Fine art photography" meant beyond elusive photographers who charged loads for crisp imaginative images you might not see in real life.

So spent a few months dipping in an out of the idea and looking at definitions - one main compelling definition i had was images that sell commercially for the impact, resonance, awe or beauty they contained.

However I've now widened my definition to include images that also don't sell - lets call that just Art photography!

I'll start with my own anti-definition - artistic photography excludes just recording what's there in a journalistic sense.
Now have a personal definition - using photography with its staging, lighting & post processing to convey a subjective visualization of something i want to create - perhaps with impact, resonance, awe or beauty.
I contrast this with other definitions google offers:
- Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer.
- Fine art photography is a relatively new form of artistic expression. Compared to the time-honored mediums of painting and sculpture

So adding these perhaps my FAP definition should typically have a certain timeless expression that transends POP culture.

Stretching my personal definition further to include some of my own images which today i'm calling Artistic Photography - such as this waterfall one
I'd not include my 'street' photographs, nor yet my most of my portrait photos as they are just people - apart from perhaps this one as it was staged for a particular look. I'm also now assuming FAP people portraits would typically not look into the camera.
However some landscapes or architecture might start to creep into the Artistic category.

I'd be very happy for your opinion around this area.

Now the litmus test - can i take any FAP style photo's in the next month with my available time / opportunities?

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SlowSong Avatar
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15 Jun 2016 9:03AM
I always imagine FAP to be images that prompt some sort of emotion in the viewer, rather than just being an attractive picture that we skim over. The FAP should be an image that makes you linger, has interesting content, is technically excellent and imaginatively or beautifully worked and printed. A lot of FAP seems to be minimalist and b/w. It's rather more than the sum of all the parts, but something that captures the imagination by being wonderful.

The Fine Art filter in NIK efex gives you a swanky border but I can't see how i becomes fine art.

I don't think you can define fine art.
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15 Jun 2016 11:17AM
Many thanks Chris Smile - I guess its equally hard defining general art - e.g. unmade beds & Graffiti etc.

I really like the addition you add about lingering on a photo, and that too much FAP seems to be B&W minimalist shots.

Like you i tries the NIK FAP filter and got noting out of it Sad

I tried thinking FAP on the way into work this morning and framed the leadenhall building this morning glinting in the sunlight with union jack flags in the foreground. I could not see much that might otherwise be FAP. Lets see tonight when i get home if it looks any good on the PC.

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15 Jun 2016 10:00PM
Fine art this morning Smile

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Fenfotos Avatar
Fenfotos 7 36 3 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2016 6:30PM
Thought about this for a long time myself. For me, an art photograph either evokes emotion or shows me an aspect of the world that makes me see the world differently from then on. That, of course, is of no help if you want to make art photographs, as you cannot guarantee my response. It also rules out absolutely no genre of photography, though I suspect sports and strict natural history photographs struggle. I did wonder why you ruled out street photography and portraits - Dorothy Lange's 'Migrant Mother' certainly makes it for me into 'art'.
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14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2016 10:08PM
Thanks Peter, I see what you mean with Dorothy's picture. Thanks this is another way i can try to look for more art in my photo's.
Art is wholly subjective so pleasing my self is the first step.
Thanks for your comments Smile


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