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The Line in Photography that Turns Capturing Something that's already there into Art!

Updated: Aug 7, 2022

“Olympus“ photographed by Ana Martinez

Michaelangelo once said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved it until I set him free.” so is photography. There is more to photography than just taking pictures. One could use their phone to take a photo of the airport right now, but that doesn't translate as art. It's just a picture. What then turns photography into art?

Similar to art, photography can have a deeper meaning.

On the basis of Michaelangelo's assertion in the first paragraph, one might infer that Michaelangelo, one of the greatest artists in history wasn't an artist, that he merely removed the extra marble to reveal the figure buried within the stone. As a result, he can be tagged as just a knowledgeable technician rather than an artist.

The discussions around what qualifies as art and what does not are age-old. Though one cannot help but take note that some photographers are artists in their essence. Their works go beyond taking pictures with the camera.

So, what qualifies photography as art?

The creative use of technology: