Through the years art has become a subjective term. From speaking about a musical “artist” to Picasso, the term has really taken on a life of its own. It seems nowadays that someone can throw mud on a canvas, call it art and sell it for thousands of dollars. I cannot accurately footnote this belief but I would assume that artist such as Van Gogh or Picasso would moan in disdain over the plundering of this great form of expression.
To complicate matters art can be a myriad of things. Depending on your particular taste art can be a beautiful building, a dazzling car, a new yard decoration or a high dollar canvas oil painting. Another addition to the art world is photography. For nearly 250 years people have sought to capture the moment at just the right angle. During this span technology has continually progressed to the point that our cameras are now considered High Definition machines. The picture quality is spectacular and the capabilities of these devices have vastly surpassed their brothers and sisters of yesteryear.
So the question is, “Is photography art?” the answer must be neither yes nor no. The very question itself delineates a need to cross the artistic boundary. You see, art is not art because I call it art. Art becomes art when someone feels that it expresses something they have not been able to adequately express. Art is art when someone else sees it as art. Therefor art can be mud on a canvas or a breath-taking picture snapped at just the right moment. Regardless of your taste or preferences art will always be subjective and it will always be the source of much discussion.