My Burning Question:
What does it mean to be a fine art photographer?
I know that when I retire, I will get re-involved in photography. Although I have spent a previous career in the photography field it has never been as an actual photographer.
What I know is that I enjoy taking photos and thinking creatively about the photos I take. I know that I have some skills in that area and that I can do this with the simplest of cameras including the camera on my phone. I know my images are not considered “documentary photography” or “stree photography” but they are something else. The term “fine art photography” feels right but I am not sure why.
I also know that as an “artist” I will need to stay focused on my craft and engage in it every day. Artists talk about “passion” and I know I will need to identify my own and pursue it diligently.
What I want to know is how to be sure I keep to this even once I am no longer working full time. Do I make a schedule for myself, partition the chores or other distractions so they do not detract from my pursuit of the passion? How how much is needed and how much is over-thinking it? What I want to know is how to organize my images on the computer so I know where they are and I can find them. I also want to know how to produce professional quality prints of my images. I also want to know what else I can do to stay connected to the photography field such as work in a gallery or book store or give photography classes.
This is are some interesting explanation of fine art photography:
“Fine art photography, on the other hand, is first and foremost about the artist. It is not about capturing what the camera sees; it is about capturing what the artist sees. In fine art photography, therefore, the artist uses the camera as one more tool to create a work of art. The camera is used to make an art piece that reveals the vision of the artist and makes a statement of that vision rather than documenting the subject before the lens.”
Here’s a photographer’s explanation and some advice on how to proceed: