Art or Technology?

artist-statement-imageWhen considering the artistry of photography, one could argue that technology does all the work. After all, in today’s world, a camera is a sophisticated computer connected to a light-sensitive electronic sensor. A lens focuses light onto the sensor, and the computer (i.e., the camera) records the image. Software applications exist inside all digital cameras and also in PCs and Macs and are used to improve or adjust the picture to the photographer’s liking. So, where is the art?

But wait! The intentions of the art photographer do not differ from the intentions of an artist who uses brushes and paint. The tools may be different, but the desired result must be an image that piques the viewer’s emotions, memories and interest.

Photographers yearn to intrigue the viewer, the same as any artist, no matter the method or tools. The artist imagines the result and then works to impart his visual message to the viewer.

To achieve some photographs, a photographer might risk his/her safety, comfort or patience. It could take hours or even years to capture the right photographs. Once a desired raw photograph is taken, it usually takes more work to obtain the final appearance. Subject, color (or lack of it), texture, lines, juxtapositions of elements, cropping — it all needs to be considered. Whether using a pencil, paint brush or a camera or other means, the artist attempts to express his/her personal concept of what is interesting. For me, photography accomplishes that desire. The camera and computer are the chosen tools.

The Images On This Wall

Many of the images on this wall are made of multiple photographs. All images begin as photographs, as that is my medium of choice. Even the Time cover is a photograph into which I placed the photograph of Eno Hall. Having practiced water coloring for many years, I enjoy building some pictures from chosen parts, approximating what one would do with paint and brush.