Is It Photography?
Written by: steve
By Steve Russell
Today I’m going to take a somewhat different approach than what Tiffany and I usually feature in our articles. I’m going to showcase the work of a single photographer. Then I’m going to ask a question about the work. The question will admittedly be a value judgment kind of question and I recognize there isn’t any uniform correct answer. I will give my answer and why but I really want you to answer the question for yourself. Once you’ve answered the question for yourself think about why you answered the way you did and apply that thought process to your photography and see if you look at your work any differently than before.
The photographer is Faye Mozingo. Faye’s a Beyond Megapixels reader, posts many of her images on the Beyond Megapixels group in Flickr and “Likes” Beyond Megapixels on Facebook. Even with all that it was quite by accident that I found her Flick account and began perusing her work. Here are a couple of photographs of roses she has posted in her Flickr account.
Two very nice photos of roses. It’s easy to see that Faye is very accomplished with a camera in her hand and has a very good eye. Here are four additional examples of her work that give a very different view of her artistic abilities.
Is this photography? That’s my question for you. There’s absolutely no doubt that this is art. Much of her work is absolutely beautiful and Faye is clearly talented. But, is it photographic art or is it a different art form that uses photographs?
Nature photography is my favorite photographic genre. Because of this I’m biased about what makes a really good photograph. Nature photographers strive to capture the subject as it is and make a beautiful image. Any manipulation of the image is minimal because we want a goldfinch to look like a goldfinch and not a stylized version of a goldfinch. Because of my admitted bias, my view is that she is taking a photograph that she has captured, like the first two of the roses, and uses various software programs to create a form of artwork that is different from photography.
What do you think? Please add your comments below or on our Facebook page. But, whether you comment or not, I urge you to visit Faye’s Flickr account and view her work. I think you’ll agree with me that she is very talented and a very good artist.
Here are a few more of her images.
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