Although I don’t really care for digital cameras – Don’t get me started on my reasons! – I openly admit that they have ignited and inspired all generations to art.
But there is also the beauty that – for once – an art form has become almost truly open to everyone.
…when people snap photos on their camera phone, it’s mainly to take photos of their friends, self-shots, their pets, a fascinating event, or their food. … I have used my camera phone to take photos in a more artistic way. At least what I can imagine is artistic.
Think about other art forms.
I love painting. I tried my hand at it for several years. I never got better than something I could share with my wife. But I can take some lovely photographs – even if it takes me 30-50 shots before I have something worthy of being “art.”
I’m not getting into an in-depth argument or dissertation on art. To me, art simply is. There is no debate. It’s equally finite and fluid. Tangible and imagined. So let’s skip the full discussion on “What is art?” for another day and just stick to this idea of digital photography.
I don’t do digital the way a lot of people are. I don’t have a smart phone and the camera on my phone is garbage. I have a small 8 megapixel Canon which I can take some nice snapshots with, but I have gotten selective on what I do with the shots I take.
As I download them to my computer, I selectively choose between each shot using internal fluid categories.
“Is this something worth saving at all?”
“Yes. Is it a snapshot just for friends? Is it something finer for blog?”
And on and on.
In the end, I now only download 1/4 or less of the photos I take with my camera and I share far fewer – even on Facebook or here on WordPress – and that, I think, is the key to saving the “art” of photography.
Photography is a creative process… . There’s a lot of beauty to be found right outside your door and stories waiting to be told through a tap of a button. … No matter how you use your camera phone, it’s still a snapshot of a life lived.
People need to get over the idea that only some people can create art. At the same time, everyone else needs to realize that there is no need to share each and every image. The digital nature of the images makes them just as easy to share as to save, modify, or even delete.
Ultimately, when it comes to digital photography, art is in the eye of everyone.