Here's what's on my mind. First let me post the definitions of the word ART - the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance. I agree, do you?
Here's a scenario that photographers hear too often - but it's a photograph - ugh! Today a woman was admiring and telling two other women how much she loved an image. I was one of the women. She went on for 3-4 minutes raving how different it was and how much she like it and then out of her mouth I hear, "but I wouldn't pay that much for it. It's only a photo " She looked at me and I smiled.
As we stood there and continued to talk, along came another woman. "Oh, I love that Buddha picture. Lynn is that yours?" Again I smiled and replied. " Yes. Thank you." Well. the first woman didn't know what to say. She looked at me and shyly said. "You're the artist?" Smiling, I replied, Yes, I am" ...me thinking..if it's not art, why are you calling me an artist? Feeling a little foolish, she couldn't apologize enough.
People, photography is an art. Ten people can take a picture of the same thing and not one will be the same. Everyone will be the way that person seen it. The photographer does not just "point and shoot" and bam they're done. We take the image with great care. We look and study before shooting, We think where's the light. We think how we want the finish image to look. We set the aperture, the shutter speed and the ISO. We look and study the subject again. And then we do post-processing. Sometimes not much, other times we spend hours, and composites can take days, sometimes weeks. Our gear is costly and so is matting and framing it correctly so that it enhances the image. It takes a lot of work from the photographer to make you say "Wow. I love that". So please respect the fact that photography is art. Support your local photographers!
PS. There is also a commission fee that we need to add on when selling in a show, which jacks up the price.
Written By Lynn Salem