Sitting on a boat, in the middle of a lake, at the midnight hour, I lay back on the floor and stare up to the vast cosmos to ponder the beauty of the world.
My mind slips down the Milky Way and circles around Venus, then dives in to bathe in the Big Dipper. A falling star sparks for a second and then is gone like the memory of times gone by. The cool summer breeze caresses the skin and sends a shiver down the spine to awaken the memories of childhood.
Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight
As the siren song of the cicadas’ amplifies against the night sky, I rise to sit at the edge of the boat and allow my toes to skim the surface of the water while the moon wake beacons me to join it in a water dance. In the distance I hear the calling, “Whip-poor-will, whip-poor-will” telling me to join in the dance with the moon. Gently sinking into the water the coolness of the summer breeze is met with the warmth of the water creating a mist in my mind that washes away the stress of the day.
To float on the blackness of the water while staring at the stars, THIS is what calms the cacophony in my soul. Must the night end? Can the sun sleep in for a day? Allow me to stay in the caress of the water while the world goes on it’s merry way. Just a few minutes more, please, just a few minutes more.
I have heard the critics say many times that photography is NOT art and I seriously can not comprehend what they mean. I’ve seen some pretty bad photos, some of them in an art gallery hanging next to a painting of dogs playing poker. Matter of fact, I have even produced some pretty bad photos, paintings and drawings myself, but they are ALL art.
I’m not here to tell you what is good or bad art, because you know it when you see it. Art is subjective. An artist interprets what they see and through different mediums they are able to convey an emotion in order to elicit a response to their work. That response may not always be what the artist was hoping for, but it is a response none the less. That is what makes it art.
Photography is not simply pointing the camera at something and pushing the button (although, to a 5 year old with a camera, it might just be the pushing the button). The photographer has planned the shot, waited for the light to be just right, adjusted the aperture to produce the exact depth of field, set the shutter speed to capture that one fleeting moment in time. It is the same way an artist applies paints to the palette, sketches a composition on the canvas, smudges the charcoal to create a shadow and depth. It is all art. Whether or not it is good or bad art? Well, that is up to the observer.
For me, photography is a quick escape for my creative mind. When life starts to get busy and it is hard for me to have studio time, I can get creative with my camera. I do not consider myself a professional photographer, but I use photography as an outlet that helps me charge up my batteries to illustrate or paint. So don’t let anyone tell you that photography is not art. If it inspires……….it is art, no matter the tools used.