There seems to be quite a bit of buzz in the photography blogosphere lately on what constitutes art and–perhaps more timely–what is original.
David Leland Hyde has a great post summarizing others’ blog posts here, and leaves us with a question: Why do you photograph landscapes? There are some great comments in the thread. Incidentally, if you’re not regularly reading his blog, you should be.
On reading this, I know I’ve thought about this many times, and am happy to see this dialogue between photographers. I’m reminded of a few of my past blog posts as well:
And finally, some thoughts on inspiring your creativity.
Ultimately, none of this may matter to you; art and originality are subjective. You may well say, “I enjoy it, and I like my photos…I don’t care what anyone else thinks.” There’s certainly nothing wrong with this stance, but for me, it does matter. Why do I photograph nature, and landscapes in particular? Regardless of your opinion, I think its good to take a step back and evaluate your art from time to time. Many thanks to David et al. for forcing me to do that!