Luv David G.'s answer. Succinct and accurate from my perspective.
A cynical answer to the question "is it fine art?" might be
incidentally the last part seems often to be molded by the middle part, and certainly isn't essential to the process.It is Fine Art if it is designed to be received and successful by[in] the marketing machine of the world of collectable art, whilst holding true to the artist's intentions.
Though certainly not as far down the road as you Brian, I commonly run into the same line of questioning and end up with the same conundrum of [font=Courier New]what's an appropriate answer in this situation?.[/font] Depending on my knowledge of the enquirer and if they seem unlikely to be receptive to a long answer, I'll dumb it right down - [font=Courier New]"I do photographic art - for the walls"[/font]. Usually that will prick their curiosity enough to enquire further. If I wish to, I can then tell them more on my own terms.Originally Posted by Early Riser