Tuesday, October 9, 2007

What is Fine Art Photography?

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon

"Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art.”
Ansel Adams

There has long been much debate about what constitutes "fine art" photography and whether or not photography is even "art" at all. The foregoing quote by Adams sums up how we feel about the images we create and our role as "fine art" photographers. In our opinion, any photographer whose primary goal is to capture images that are beautiful or interesting to look at is by definition a fine art photographer. After all, creative, conscious decisions are made during the process (such as composition, lighting, choice of subject, choice of camera and lense, etc.), much like a painter chooses what materials to use and which details to include or exclude in a particular work. To us, it is this creativity and emphasis on aesthetics that distinguish "fine art" prints from other forms of photography (technical, legal, medical, etc.) Our goal isn't just to accurately document what something looks like, but, also, to create something that people will truly enjoy looking at for years and years on their home or office walls.

Which brings up another quote by Adams:

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

Prints of our images can be purchased here:
Fine art photography
8 x 10 prints on Etsy

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