Photography was long frowned upon by the artistic community. It was considered more of a craft than an art since the camera merely captured scenes, or at least that was what critics said at the time. Prevailing sentiments change over time, however, and now the art scene is more welcoming of photographs as an artistic medium. Even regular people recognize the beauty and power of these images. You can find a lot of photographs blown up in size and framed for decoration in living rooms and other spaces. So what does it take for an image to be considered as an example of fine art photography?
It all starts in the artist’s head. There must be a strong vision of what needs to be achieved and how it may be conveyed. There has to be an inspiration such as an emotion, a concept, a theme, or a message. It could be present happiness, sadness, stoicism, or anything else in between those extremes. It can be a critique of society by focusing on a specific example of the problem. It may be a purely aesthetic expression that plays around with the body’s form or nature’s colors. The underlying idea can be as simple or as complex as the artist wants it to be.
Technique and Expression
Having a vision is one thing. Being able to express it effectively through photography is another. Not everyone has the mastery of the medium that is necessary to get these things right, or at least create something at a level that others would consider as art. Of course, it is not necessary to get a wide consensus on these matters. Artists must be able to stand behind their vision no matter what others may say, although they would need to welcome criticisms in order to improve their work and achieve commercial success. They must at least have the technical knowhow to execute their plans and convey their ideas consistently.
Once the examples of fine art photography have been developed, one might use them for anything from decorating a house, a café, or a gallery. Submission to art galleries need to be taken seriously as the owners and the users will only admit those that they deem worthy of being showcased. Every gallery will have its own preferences so artists will just have to do their research about the best fit for them. Some might not even welcome fine art photography while others will embrace it.