The question is about photography being art. I think much of photography today is merely capturing moments and not really artistic expression. And then there are those who take photography to a new level of artistic expression. Tools like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator help to make photography more than just capturing a moment in time but also manipulating it into a work of art beyond what the camera actually sees. I have fallen in love with this part of creative expression, taking photos of children and incorporating them into new and different environments and fantasy settings.
I started with just fairies. I really love fairy tales. I really love children. It only seems natural that they two should marry into something different and beautiful, don’t you think? So I started adding butterfly and dragonfly wings and making fairy photos.Really fun.
That’s when my sister asked if I could make her grandson on a dinosaur. I hadn’t even thought of it. I thought it would be much more difficult to find and photography a dinosaur than it was to photography a butterfly. But I was wrong there. People have been fascinated with dinosaurs for a really long time and made statues, sculptures, and models of dinosaurs just begging for a photographer to come along. The results are fun and fascinating.
So have I become a traitor to the pure devotion of art by spending 6 to 10 hours creating these photo manipulations and composites? I don’t think so.
What do you think?