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Recently I received an email in my inbox from a Michael Frye. At first I was like this must be a error, then after reading through the email I read that it was the Michael Frye one of the photographers I follow and live vicariously through the amazing places they visit and the stunning photography they produce. I have all of Michaels books, ebooks and apps you name it I have it.
Around 18 months ago I sent Michael a photograph I had taken asking for his critique my work. To be honest I had completely forgotten about this after a few weeks as I thought it was a long shot my photograph would get chosen as he must get 100′s of requests if not more asking for his expert opinion. Well last week I found out why I had not heard back from Michael by Michael asking if he could use my image for a blog post of his own called “Rejects From the Critique Pool” which I found out would not only be used on his site but also run on the blog version of the Outdoor Photography magazine US version.
I’d like to thank Michael for choosing my photograph for his reject pool, it was a nice surprise and a great idea for a blog post I’m honored to be included along with the other stunning images he has chosen for the blog post …
Michael Frye - “Rejects From the Critique Pool”
and the reposting of Michaels blog post at Outdoor Photography Magazine
If you are not familiar with the work of Michael Frye please check his portfolio out
Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author and photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters, plus the eBook Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom. He has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.
Oh yeah the photograph I almost forgot the photography … LOL …
Do you consider your photography art or just photography? Recently I read an article on a blog I visit often
Edward Mendes wrote about this subject matter here ( http://www.edwardmendesphotography.com/blog/?p=216 ) and its something I guess we ask ourselves from time to time in the same vein as being a professional or an amateur photographer/artist. While the term Artist has been reserved for those that either produce painted works or sculpture pieces do we as photographers professional or amateur consider ourselves artists?
While I consider my photography art others may not, I believe the term “Art” lies in the eyes of the beholder as I have seen many “Art” pieces I thought looked like twisted pieces of junk metal or paint just splattered all over a canvas. Do you need a “Art Degree” to understand what art is or can you find art in something you like regardless of what the next person thinks?
Edward makes a good point about the work and vision photographers put in their craft both on location and in post production, is that not the same as a Artist that see’s a scene either in nature or in their mind and then recreates it using paints of other materials like wood, iron or stone. Or is art a product of somesone’s passion to bring to others that same thing they see or hear as a vision first then bring to life via their chosen art filed, painting, acting, making music or taking a photograph? or maybe Art is more the intent to produce something rather than document something, we can all take a photo to document a location, while some will try and produce art through their knowledge and skills learnt.
What are your thoughts when one person takes a photograph then just sends off the raw file image to a 3rd party for post production, receiving the finished product back from someone that was never at the scene to understand the light, colours at the time ?
What are your thoughts, I would be interested to read them ?
Here is photograph/piece of Art from the Southwest Of Western Australia.