Thursday, 9 June 2016

What is a Photographer....?

What is a Photographer - Fine Art or Crass Culture?

Did you ever wonder why cave men used to draw on their cave walls years back? Pretty sure it was to record or document the world around them, in terms of beasts, visions, dreams, accomplishments – now I am no anthropologist so I could be wrong, but if we think about the continuation of how this theme extends into the realm or art and as we must surely acknowledge, into the sphere of Photography and of course its cousin, the moving image  a conclusion can be drawn between the need to record our experienced world and to inform others of this existence.

Spiral Staircase London Art Fineart Photo Print
The Spiral Staircase in London Wellcome Museum - A true image that challenges our forms of normality

Film and the Camera

As both relatively new inventions, such as film and cinema, already exists as well defined art-forms in their own right, we have to wonder and ask the question what is it that makes a person become a photographer.

These forms use their own, to be blunt tools, to accomplish what classical artists have been doing for centuries and indeed the grizzly caveman from yonder year, so using a camera to record or document reality is as natural as breathing – give a child a camera and once they have grasped what it does – watch them record their life and items of importance, regardless of how small this may be.

  • To document reality
  • To create an alternative reality

A photographer is a conduit, an interpreter of the surrounding world – his or her art is a translation of light, subject, and composition to communicate with an intended audience. We could consider a photographer a story teller of sorts using a visual medium. An image must speak, even if the message is traditional or challenging of accepted photographic as well as artistic norms.

The Spiral Staircase in London is one of my Fine Art Photos that I am currently selling in my Gallery.

Download the PDF Price List for this Fine Art Photograph of "Metal Spiral Staircase in London" 

Metal Spiral Staircase in London - Fine Art Printable Price List

Available to Buy Direct from my Online Gallery

 John D Williams

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