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Richard Story in Out-Of-Focus Backgrounds wrote: BARBARA HAD A GOOD QUESTION ABOUT HOW TO GET MORE OF HER BACKGROUND OUT OF FOCUS,
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Lance Lewin in Points to Ponder wrote: "Points to Ponder"

What makes Photography a special, and actually hard genre of art to master, is the very fact the photographer can not "rearrange", as the painter can.

In fact, it is this very limitation that spawned Pictorialist to manipulate negatives and prints in "creating" like the painter. Almost every technique (in today's standards) was still made from physical labor both in the darkroom and out.

Art critic Irina Khrabroff makes an especially important distinction in 1927: “The moment they (the artist-photographer) adopt the principle of straight photography, their medium becomes an extremely difficult one to master”. She continues...“Because all he (the artist-photographer) can do is to select, his ability to select must be brought to a higher pitch than in any other form of art. His eye must become keener and quicker than the eyes of other artists”.

In the 21st Century - within the Digital Photography Revolution - the use of digital software has quickly crossed the line from traditional photographic technique to one that manifests itself more appropriately to Digital Art.

And is why more and more Galleries, Museums and online regional and national Photography Competitions are more aggressively re-categorizing and putting into place new rules to separate work created through more Traditional means vs their extreme Digital Art alternatives.

The creativity of work created by Traditional Art of Photography values & 21st Century digital pieces of art are both beautiful, creative and within the Digital oriented pieces, an incredible show of imagination, indeed. But the line is clear, and the two must be presented as separate works of art.

Tonight is the Gilmer Arts National Juried Photography Exhibition which I spearhead - including designing the Prospectus; we are enjoying our second year where two distinct categories of photography are accepted (and two sub-categories Landscape & wildlife).

The work was judged yesterday (Thursday 10th) where the work was separated into the two main categories for the Judge: 1. Traditional Compositional Fine Art Photography and 2. Illustrative and Conceptual Fine Art Photography.

The response from artists and patrons has been overwhelming positive!

- Posted: 2020-09-11 06:47:07 (4 comments in thread)