Oy! Who knew I'd open such a can of worms? And I'm still confused...
What is art as opposed to fine art? How are those concepts defined through photography? Who defines it? Like many others who have posted to this thread, I don't know that it can be defined in a way that is (mostly) agreeable to all, and I'm not sure that I would agree with it anyway.
Am I photographer? Absolutely. Am I an artist? I don't know. But I'm going to keep working on what it means to me. This thread, for all it's to- and fro-ing has provided a lot of different insights for me to chew on for a while.
But I take the hint. It is about time that I for one got off my behind and embraced digital to the extent necessary to scan and post some images here!
Creating pictures that have content is not easy.
At exhibitions of photoclubs I see a lot of pics that are snapshots taken. But there is no real interest in the subject that is shot. For instance when you shoot a pic of a building with a certain shape, you will have to investigate first why the shape is made as it is. Who is the architect. If these questions are answered you probably will make a different pic of the building that contains more info than a snapshot.
I am also strugling with this last weeks. My technical skills are becoming to a professional level now after learning the last 2 years, and now the time is right to look further. "My wife asks me when I am going to create beautifull images in stead of technical perfect images..."
Could a coach help to get you on the right path?
They look from a different point at you work and might be of help.
Wait a minute....Did someone say can of worms.....mmmmmmmmmmm......
There's art, and then there's Art, and of course fine art, and also Fine Art, which BTW is different than Find Art, which is a children's book with very complicated and colorful illustrations, in each of which a certain Canadian photographer and his camera is hidden.
>>>"My wife asks me when I am going to create beautifull images in stead of technical perfect images...<<<
That makes me smile. You've gotta love those people who know you closely enough to say that! Don't you?