I did some research about it. When I said research, I mean google it.
According to Wikipedia
Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally re-presenting objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer; and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services.
Another from visual-arts-cork.com
“It refers to an imprecise category of photographs, created in accordance with the creative vision of the cameraman. The basic idea behind the genre, is that instead of merely capturing a realistic rendition of the subject, the photographer is aiming to produce a more personal – typically more evocative or atmospheric – impression.”
Or this from photographylife.com
“In fine art photography, therefore, the artist uses the camera as one more tool to create a work of art. The camera is used to make an art piece that reveals the vision of the artist and makes a statement of that vision rather than documenting the subject before the lens.”
There are more, but for now let just see these three in how they define fine art photography. In these three definitions, we can see some similar word and meaning.
So here I conclude in what they say about fine art photography:
- It’s a photographer’s vision
- It’s a concept or idea of photographer
- It’s more than visual documentary
Okay, that’s all I got. So those definitions talked about the three of these. Let’s explore one by one.
1. Photographer’s Vision
“Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?”
I really like this quote. If you don’t know, this is a quote from HBO TV series, Westworld. When I heard it, I tried to implement it meaning into photography. When one person can say one thing about a photo, another person can say the complete opposite about the same photo.
Vision, in this matter, isn’t what we see. But what we think about it in our perspective.
Simply put, “You call it junk, I call it art.” Something like that.
For example, some people see a plastic bottle as a junk. But a photographer can see a plastic bottle as an interesting subject where you can shot in a lot of interesting way.
2. Concept or Idea of Photographer
“Why I want to take a photograph?”
If you just some dude with a camera, you probably think that you just want to shot without thinking deeply about it. But if you a fine art photographer, according to the definition, you have deep reason, like to give a message through your photo.
Now you have a reason, you can begin being creative on concept or idea of the photo.
Now let’s take the previous example. I want to make environment cause message through a photo from a plastic bottle. I can make it look left at nature site, or something. Basically the idea is to convey that message to the viewer.
3. More than Visual Documentary
It mean that fine art photography is not just photograph taken by a camera, but more. It mean both in concept and in visual. And for that, I think we must look back a bit.
We want the photo have a meaning. An idea implanted into a photo will make a total different in photography. Gave that photography have a meaning and those who see it can empathize with it.
We also want our photo look different or more. So we add something to the photo, visually. Like add something to the frame of photo or photoshop it to make it look like what we imagine.
So conclude it, I think that to make photo more than visual documentary is what the end result of photography gonna look like.
So to recap, we can see a fine art photography as a photography that based on concept or idea that give a perspective vision for the photographer so in the end they can create a photograph that has more meaning than what it actually look.
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