Lots of words have been wasted on whether photography is art. It is unanswerable. But that’s ok. It is similarly impossible to explain what converts a faithful portrait or an accurate bronze sculpture from being just an image to having the elevated status of art.

Of course, most art takes a lot more time and effort than what it take to snap a single picture. But in the end, art remains elusive.

Thus it was that I decided to take a detour on the trip home after our Sunday dog walk. (My wife and I join a group of greyhound owners for an hour walk each Sunday - the walk takes place about 35 miles from home.) The detour was to stop in Paterson at the Great Falls and get pictures of the snow before it melted.

Here are a group of us with our hounds. We ended up with but seven dogs - on a rainy Sunday morning.

I too no more than 15 minutes to do my picture taking, and then we finished our drive home.

Are any of the pictures also art?

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on December 19, 2016 at 5:46pm

Yep, R&L

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Comment by koshersalaami on December 19, 2016 at 10:56pm


probably not the first one

Comment by Terry McKenna on December 20, 2016 at 2:54am

Kosh - no, the first one is pure journalism.

Comment by Terry McKenna on December 20, 2016 at 7:18am

To Buddha: disagree that everything is art.  perhaps almost everything.  but I visited Dia Beacon with a mining engineer and he felt that many of the large minimalist pieces resembled the detritus of a factory floor.  So sure - almost anything can be perceived by someone as art, but that makes the word almost useless. 

At least for myself, I want to see the maker's mark or at least his effort, even if only to snap the picture and select it for display. 

Comment by Terry McKenna on December 20, 2016 at 7:19am

One more - the camera here is the Sony Rx10 - the first model.  Makes a great camera for someone who wants more but does not want to carry a camera and a bag of lenses. 

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 20, 2016 at 10:28am

Beautiful! A lovely area you live in, Terry. Nature certainly produces most beautiful 'Art'   : )

I think of photography as art when the photographer uses composition, light and shadow to create a vision... your second and particularly your fourth photo are beautifully artistic, personally - I'd frame the fourth one and put on my wall, frankly -- thanks for sharing a peek at your world!

I have an old art book from 1840s that I opened awhile back with all the 'is it art' debate going on. First sentence in the introduction:  What is Art? 

Made me laugh...

that book included work from 'Michael Angelo.'    : )

I also walked into Boston's MOMA a few years ago, can't think of it's actual name... but was horrified to see the main exhibit was all about an L.A. graffiti artist's stuff, rooms of it. Interesting, I guess, and I took lots of photos (of course) but was so disappointed to be back east, away from all the west coast sensibilities and there is a bunch of 'meh' graffiti, all gussied up as Art. Thought of doing a post on it, but never quite got around to it...

Comment by Terry McKenna on December 20, 2016 at 10:33am

Thanks Anna.  I thought the first one (of the four) would be the one folks might pick.  But doesn't the third one look like an old hand tinted photograph that has faded.

Re contemporary art, I am getting more and more conservative as I age.  

Comment by Anna Herrington on December 20, 2016 at 10:45am

Yes! That's the one I'm calling your fourth photo, I think, I included top photo of the walk as #1.

Nicely done. Seriously, I would frame it if it were mine, it's just lovely and evocative. I've been staring at it...

My mother's side is all from upstate NY, even though I never lived there we spent time in summers up there while everyone else went to Florida. Canyons, waterfalls, architecture, history, trees we didn't have in Atlanta... (all interests/fondnesses of mine) - aside from the beauty of the photos, maybe that's part of my enthusiasm for these shots  : )

Comment by Foolish Monkey on December 20, 2016 at 11:19am

art is context too.  but truthfully, I imagine within the body of work you've created, most everything you do is art because it's blood work.  

I love that word blood.  it is used in a terrific tv show mozart in the jungle only I've heard it used in the same way before - blood, meaning purest deepest love and soul, giving one's heart to the work.   I think you do that.  


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