Quote Originally Posted by Donald Miller View Post
Taken those conditions into consideration, what then is artistic about that which we (you and I) produce? Since most of us are human beings at the very core of our condition...that furthermore our work is not singular in point of address, what conditions of human experience are we addressing in the production of our photographs? Does the record of the existence of a tree, a stream, clouds in a sky, the interior of a temple, address anything about the conditions that human beings experience? How does illustration of these "known objects" lead to any universal acceptance by others and how does the illustration of these "known objects" speak to the matters of hope, fear, despair, lonliness, joy, sorrow, hunger, plenty, peace, or unrest within the soul of man?

donald

people react to things differently depending on their life-experience.
while a camera is able to record things on film ( or paper ) and while
the image recorded may resonate with some, it will never resonate with everyone.
a lot of "art" i see every day in books magazines, galleries &C
means something to someone, but because i haven't had some sort of similar
experience that links me, i can't relate and it is lost on me.
sometimes landscape photography is like that (to me) i can not see beyond
the illustration part, because i have no life expereince that connects me to
the landscapes shown ... other than --- that place looks - calm, nice, hellish, ...

i am not sure if what i said makes any sense at all ...

interesting discussion,
thanks!

john