What is Fine Art Photography?
I’ve switched the naming form of this website so many times. First I started with Photo.Artful. Afterwards I decided to sound clever and mixed in the word “fusion” plus altered my site name—Photo|Artful—to better reflect the theme of my site. However I discovered a different word that better describes my what I do—“fine art photography.” It basically means treating photography as an art form instead merely a photographic recollection of events.
Fine art composers follow laws of composition. Composition is the arrangement of elements in an artwork. Artful elements consist of lines, shapes, colors, hues, textures, form, space (positive vs. negative space), and depth perception. Weaving these combinations together, the artist creates their desired artwork that (hopefully) leaves an impression in the viewers’ minds. Similarly, when photographers consider the elements of design in their shots—the positioning of different elements of composition—they are utilizing the practices that fine artists use. However the photographer deals with a disadvantage that an artist rarely suffers with: availability. The artist can resort to their imagination and paint the image to their canvas, but a photographer is limited to their finite environment. A certain amount of imagination is required in order to frame their shot. Because fine art photography is the practice of creating artistic photographs—using your camera and environment to artistically express yourself.
Still confused? Consider the following image below:
Obviously it’s a photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge. But notice the feeling that the image evokes—a romantic lore with one of the most infamous landmarks in the world. In the background, the humongous towering presence of the Bridge contrasts the sight of the tiny-looking people in front of it. But the individuals are couples enjoying moments of romance, enjoying the presence of one another while the giant Bridge tower stands in the background. The Bridge itself is a romantic symbolism of how it captures our hearts, and the hearts of tourists and photographers obsessed with taking capturing its image.
I have provided an example of fine art photography.
Want another example of the art form? Look at the photograph below:
It’s called “Loneliness.” The log is photographed alone, combined with a greyscale tone. In most instances, modern black and white photography artistically depicts an artful overtone—albeit emotional. Notice the amount of negative space on the left area of the image—it’s completely unoccupied. In art, negative space is discouraged unless there’s an artistic purpose. In this photograph, the negative space is a metaphor of lonely emotion.
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