Tulips (Five Photographs) and a bit about Art

    TulipsTo view more of my photography please click on www.rakmilphotography.com

I suppose with some application of time and effort I might have been more of a graphic artist, as opposed to a photographer. I was certainly exposed to the best museums in the world and a large variety of art of all types (in a very artistic family). However, drawing and painting involved skills I could not seem to master. Photography on the other hand came naturally. I know there are those who do not consider photography per se as art. I will not argue, I know where I stand. Photography can have many names and the results can fall into many categories. While I take a lot of nature photography, I would never consider myself an expert on nature. When it comes to photography I know a good challenge when I see one, and I know what pleases my eye. However, I do object to the fact that most definitions of art specifically limit creative activity in the definition to drawing, painting and sculpture. It may take some time for the Oxford English Dictionary to expand its examples, and I suspect “Twitter” will be a formal verb before that happens.





27 responses

  1. Idk. I think one has to be narrow minded and elitist to exclude photography as art. I know when I fist saw the work of Ansel Adams os Alfred Stieglitz, long before I ever picked up a camera, I knew I was looking at art.

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    August 31, 2016 at 2:28 am

  2. I was once told my writing wasn’t art. That ticked me off. As for photography, that is clearly art!

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    August 31, 2016 at 6:28 am

  3. Lovely whites blending to yellow


    August 31, 2016 at 6:48 am

  4. Interesting thoughts. I don’t have a fancy camera, but I love the art of photographing what I see to save and share and maybe someday, I’ll try to paint one of my photos, who knows?

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    August 31, 2016 at 7:06 am

  5. Seattle Park Lover

    I think photography is sometimes art, but certainly not always. Probably at least 90% of the photos I take aren’t art, even if some turn out really nice. I think it depends mostly on intention and execution. Of course there are also a lot of types of photos that some would consider art and others not.

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    August 31, 2016 at 7:31 am

    • What is and what is not always a difficult call, my concern is the idea that photography can never be art.


      August 31, 2016 at 7:35 am

  6. Really enjoyed this lineup of flowers. The first one is my favorite mainly because that’s a variety I don’t often see. But all are gorgeous.


    August 31, 2016 at 9:04 am

  7. Beautifully captured

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    August 31, 2016 at 12:28 pm

  8. It’s definitely art in my book. And flowers are one of my favorite subjects!


    August 31, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  9. hi Victor! it’s beautiful 🙂 i love it!

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    August 31, 2016 at 6:26 pm

  10. Beautiful!

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    August 31, 2016 at 9:36 pm

  11. I’ve also struggled with this from time to time. For me, art is a creative expression of my experiences (thus photos or writing) which is intended to be appreciated for it’s beauty or emotional power. That, I think, is where my mind draws the distinction between a ‘snapshot’ and an artistic photograph. Yet, even that line is blurred, since many of the snapshots of the 50’s and 60’s are now seen as artistic expressions of those times. Why, they crate an emotional reaction. I suppose we could continue this discussion for some time :).

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    September 1, 2016 at 8:52 am

  12. It is difficult to define art itself and that is why it is not easy the more to declare whether photography is art or not. But I love your pictures!

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    September 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    • Thanks. What you say is also applicable to drawing, painting and sculpture. It’s in the eyes of the beholder😀


      September 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

  13. I like this definition of Fine Art: creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.

    Your work most definitely fits all components of this definition!

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    September 4, 2016 at 2:22 pm

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