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The Art Of Photography

Quietude, Nuance, And PhantasmElectric Blue Morning

Some people reading this now may ask, “is photography really an art?” I mean, cameras are machines, so are they not doing the work for you? What really is the purpose of photography outside of capturing visual images? What is a photographer?The Dreamer


Yes, photography really is an art! Cameras are the medium by which photographers paint their art. Photographers are artists that collect and process visual images instead of painting them. heavy rainPhotographers can communicate everything a painting artist can, if not more! They are not cheating art, but adding new realms to it.Dream Stars

How so? Can’t most anyone click a picture?VIEW WITHOUT A ROOM-1


You bet! Now, how many will click a good picture to offer a vision they have to others? above the restHow many photographers are there? Photography, just like painting or music, is ultimately communication. I seldom use cameras in my photography. My phone does a great job of processing and recording images. What’s so great about it, is that it’s always with me, so I don’t lose a chance to communicate my vision!Eagles Island Woods

Painting is not all about pushing paint on a canvas, and photography is not about pushing a button! It is your mind that makes art, and not your media! I have argued this point with many visual artists, and not one has provided a good reason why their art is superior. I wish that they would not try! Art is a spiritual journey, so one-upping is pointless. Practice your art, and you will be successful. Practice social media, and you will make money. Just don’t confuse dedication with payback.Garden At First Presbyterian Church


Think about it!sam 2016


You will not make money from a product that you don’t sell. You really don’t have to! Some artists pursue their art for their own gratification only. There is nothing wrong with doing so. Thing is, if you wish to make money from your art, It has to be exposed and marketed.the artofsamcelia2

What I’m more concerned with,Electric Stonehenge


right now,Beyond The Waiting Room


 is that I make clear that photography is a fine art! Photographers who think less, are the only poor photographers. It is not really about the quality of your camera, as much as what you take pictures of, and why.Egyptian Vase You are providing a means of communication through images. This is your world!

Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin
Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin

There was once, a famous zen master, John Daido Loori, who also was a master photographer. I find his photography stunning in it’s ability to capture multiple images in one photo. His work exposes the great universal mind we call nature, as the same as our minds, creating successions of images and concepts pouring into the cauldron of eternity. Seldom have I seen photography this great. Why? His vision as an artist was not to fabricate an experience, near as much as to reveal one. His works speak for themselves, and to the viewer in a personal way. They need no explanation. This is the kind of art that touches me.  I don’t want to see a translation between idea and image. I want the idea and image to be the same!

Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin
Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin

I hope you can get from that how photography is fine art. In photography, if you can’t find it, it will be hard to communicate! Finding it is essential! Changing a photograph is inferior to having the perfect one.

Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin
Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin

It takes meditation, field study, and a vision worth pursuing. Else it can happen by illumination. Something may come your way that excels your goals. That would be great!

Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin
Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin

Marshland Along The Alligator River 4 11 16


In my photography, I think very carefully about how to capture forms, and what they are. I seek great pride in capturing what is going on. Next, I choose what I should see! What  catches my eye may quickly change my preference:]A Wilmington Night


Most at home with nature,

Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin
Landscapes of the Cape Fear River Basin

I turn to her frequently for inspiration. Just leaving the beaten path has provided me with some of the best shots I’ve ever seen.riverfront park 2016 Many props to Brunswick County! This is a beautiful place, in spite of the recent developments there. I hope it’s residents will take care not to let greed spoil this wonderful place.

The Cape Fear River, and all it’s many tidal creeks and marshes, are very inspiring.View of The Cape Fear River from the River WalkUntamed Shores On The Cape Fear River I love to take a shot of things that seem to be impossible, yet are quite real. For example, during a severe drought back in the late 1980’s, I noticed oysters growing from rocks in Burnt Mill Creek. This is a tidal creek, sometimes explored by salt water fish tolerant of low salinity, yet oysters? I tasted the water, and sure enough, it was salty. Strange thing was that fresh water plants were still quite healthy. What a picture!

Of great interest to me is the Wilmington underground. Literally. Many of the old creeks running into the Cape Fear were cased in tunnels as the city developed.mouth of an underground stream there are many underground streams, and even potential bunkers in downtown Wilmington. Most are un accessible. Entry to many can be dangerous or unlawful. That being said, there are great pics to be found, underground.

One cup of pond water can reveal an amazing life dance! It’s a little difficult, but very rewarding. Microscopic, and nearly microscopic life forms are extremely beautiful. They often seem to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality. Microscopes or powerful hand lenses are needed, though I’ve found that a camera can quite easily peer into these. This removes the need for expensive equipment.Corals In The Cape Fear River Downtown Wilmington 2016

I advise that all artists at least experiment with photography. Even one with no interest except for painting can catch a multitude of valuable scenes this way. Wild animals, for example, are terrible models! Don’t try to tell an alligator, “Hold that fish up, don’t swallow it yet!” Even birds just don’t have time to model. Photography changes all that. You can snap a photo of a cougar catching a deer, and they both will hang out long enough for you to paint them.

Photography is a terrific pause button for viewing life!Brunswick River 4 11 16


It is also much more than this. It is an artist’s media alone, by which feeling, imagination, and physical information may be expressed, simultaneously!

6 thoughts on “The Art Of Photography”

  1. I love photography. I love the way you can tell a story with a picture. The article is great it show how much photography is fine art. To take a picture correctly you need to know the subject just like a painter would or sculptor would. You need to know what time of day the lighting would best for your subject. Photography is art.

    1. Thanks for your comment Joy. I hope you enjoyed this post, and I would love to hear more from you. have a nice day, and the best to all your endeavors.

  2. As you mentioned that photography is an art and I totally agree. You said how some would say you just click a button there for it is not art, then again anyone can pick up a paint brush and have at it, does this mean paintings can no longer be classified as art.

    Like you I know photography can be just as great as any other form of art when you know what you’re doing. Great article and I have always loved photography and all what you can do with it.

    1. Thanks for your comment Travis! As for your question, I was not saying that painting is not equal to photography, or vice versa. Just pointing out that cameras are one art medium, while paint and brushes are another. They are objects we control in order to communicate our vision. In my opinion, this is the true qualification for art. Let’s take for example the artists Picasso, and Van Gogh. They both painted very roughly. Their brush strokes seem to explode from an inner illumination. Compare them to Dali and Bosch. You can’t. They all were masters practicing their art. Of course, one may prefer one style over another, that’s life. Clicking a button, or pushing a brush ,etc, may or may not be art. Are these activities serving a vision? When so, they are art. Thanks again Travis. Have a nice day.

  3. I am glad I came across this post as I just purchased a DSLR camera. I have a lot of things to figure out with that camera, but it is going to be fun. I can’t wait to take my pictures of stunning landscapes. I agree photography is art. Great pictures you included here. Thanks
    –Rina

    1. You are very welcome Rina! Thanks for coming here! What think is so cool, was coming to an understanding that whatever tool you use, art captures reality, through your perspective! There is no wrong or right, just dedication, or a lack of it. I trust that you will find love for yourself in your work, and therefore, will offer value to all the lives you touch. The best to you!

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