Tools is tools. Pictures is pictures. Art is art. Not copied definitions.
It doesn't matter what anyone thinks about your photographs or the method by which you create them. If you are in business you deliver what your client expects and pays for. If you are shooting for yourself, you do whatever the heck you want. Who cares what anyone thinks?
Don't let anybody tell you one thing is better than another. If all of the critics in the world tell you that you suck, you're probably on the right track. Just shoot.