The question of “What is art?” has occupied the minds of scholars for centuries. Definitions range from the very general (any creative work of a human being) to the very specific. There was a time when photography itself would not have been considered “art.” When it first emerged, many traditional artists decried photography as a mechanical process lacking creativity or skill. Even after it was welcomed into the fold, pioneers of the medium such as Ansel Adams and Walker Evans were themselves dismissive of the discipline in certain forms. The latter, for instance, described color photography as “vulgar.” Today, the definition of photography as art, or fine art photography, is much broader.
An auction house based in New Zealand sold two historically significant glass plate negatives as NFTs and allegedly encouraged the buyers to smash the originals in order to increase the value of the NFT.
The photographs were of the artist Charles Goldie who was well known for his Portraits of Maori elders. The photographs were taken by Rupert Farnall and date back to anywhere between 1910 and 1920. Webb’s auction house based in Auckland listed the plates as NFTs on the platform OpenSea, and included a framed contact print of the image and the original glass plate negative presented in a custom-built pine box.
Like most photographers I get a lot of inspiration from visiting new places and travelling, but obviously the last couple of years (has it really been nearly two years of this pandemic?) has been nearly impossible for non-essential travel. I’ve taken the opportunity to explore closer to home, and I’m very lucky that there are many beautiful places to visit within an hour’s drive. But what do you do if you don’t have such beautiful scenery on your doorstep? You do what photographer César Llaneza Rodríguez has been doing and find beauty in unexpected places, like these brilliant images he creates of technicoloured cracked mud taken along the banks of the Rio Tinto near Huelva, Spain.
Have you ever thought about the term ‘fine art landscape photography‘ and wondered what it means?
Do you feel that a photograph can be a form of art in the same realm as painting, drawing, or sculpture?
Some styles such as photojournalism or commercial photography are actually the opposite of fine art, as they exist to record events or literal reality or to advertise products or services.
Nikon has announced that applications for its Storytellers Scholarship are now open. Established in 2017 to celebrate Nikon’s 100th anniversary, this is the second time that the company is offering academic scholarships. Nikon aims to “supporting the education of young content creators,” so it will award $10,000 to ten eligible students in the USA or Canada.
Passion for photography often takes Neil Burnell to remote areas with stunning sceneries. For his ongoing project Mystical, he photographed an incredible Wistman’s Wood in England. The name of this wood reportedly means “eerie” or “haunted,” and looking at the images, I sure understand why. Neil’s photos look like illustrations of fairy-tales, and it’s easy to imagine fairies dancing around tangled, gnarled, moss-covered trees.
I’ve never been a massive fan of the whole “Fix it in Photoshop” (or Lightroom, in this case) mentality, but it does undoubtedly offer its benefits, especially when the conditions under which you’re able to get the shot may be out of your control.
In this video from Swiss landscape photographer and YouTuber, YuriFineart, we see a technique that allows us to go from a simple snapshot into something a little more interesting.
When her work isn’t being shown in the Saatchi Gallery within the Louvre or in an advertisement for Adobe, Flóra Borsi is behind the camera or computer, capturing and compositing fine art images to share with the world.
In one of her more recent series, Animeyed, the Hungarian photographer brought together animals and self portraits to make an eye-catching collection of images that show the eyes of animals overlaid on her own.
“For me there are only two kinds of women, goddesses and doormats”, said Pablo Picasso, perhaps the most prominent artist of the 20th century.
The process was a first for Siff who said “I’ve never really painted onto a body then into the piece and then back onto it”.