The camera is an honest instrument

I got slightly carried away with this weeks’ task, and black and white filters, and being at home with my piano (yay!)… I couldn’t decide which photograph was the most arty so I decided to supplement quality for quantity and show a range of them on here.

In her response to MMS magazines question, ‘can a photograph have the significance of art?’, Elizabeth Davidson said that photography was “a means of subjective expression… equivalent to music, literature and painting”, in so much as it is able to channel aesthetic emotion. Many others have challenged this view, stating that the camera, as a man-made machine, lacks the sensitivity required to capture the spirituality of man that is so inherent to art.

The OED defines art as: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

By this definition, I consider the photograph as a perfectly credible form of art. No one can categorically deny that photographs are capable of both beauty and/or emotional power, especially with their penchant for producing nostalgia and the honesty with which they appear to record transient moments. The photograph taps into a fear that could be considered a prominent feature of human spirituality, the fear of time relentlessly passing.


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