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    Photos of rocks etc. Where's the art?

    There have been some great photos published by a name photographersthat is essentially an arrangement of rocks. The photographer made the arrangement and then photographed it.

    So where is the art? The rock arrangement or the recording of the rock arrangement via photography?

    Just one of the many things I ponder in the shower LOL.
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    Why do you need to figure out exactly 'where' the 'art' is? Such boundaries only exist within what Wittgenstein calls language games - they are not absolute - once you realize that such questions will cease and you will be able to shower in peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anupam Basu
    Why do you need to figure out exactly 'where' the 'art' is? Such boundaries only exist within what Wittgenstein calls language games - they are not absolute - once you realize that such questions will cease and you will be able to shower in peace.

    Yes, but that begs the next question: How big is a rock?

    And: Does it have to be a rock?

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    that would probably be Andy Goldsworthy. http://www.sculpture.org.uk/artists/AndyGoldsworthy

    For the most part, the photos that he takes of his work end up being the only thing remaining.. most of what he creates is very transitory.

    I'm a big fan of rock photography.. most of what i shoot is found , rather than arranged

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    Caponigro

    Paul Caponigro also did a complete set of arranged rocks. Very Zen-like...
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    The art is in having the idea. The art is in executing the idea. The art is in convincing collectors that your work is collectable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MurrayMinchin
    The art is in convincing collectors that your work is collectable.

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    There we go.. a definition that is accurate in describing a major trait of a *successful* artist.

    (ok.. in this case successful means not having to work at the local camera store to support the image making fix)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Schrager
    Paul Caponigro also did a complete set of arranged rocks. Very Zen-like...
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    Didnt he do a series on Megaliths? Slightly different to arranged rocks - that's like calling the Vatican a pile of bricks!

    (I'm probably showing my ignorance here and Mr Caponigro also did some arranged still life shots ...)

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    I see the image, I like it or not!
    Is it art or isn`t?
    To be honest, I really don`t give a s***!
    It`s photography!

    Cheers

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    Yes+Yes

    Leon-you are right on both accounts. I was initially thinking of the still life shots but the other is justifiably famous....
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