But now it seems to me that the art of photography is at a crossroads where we're all searching for a new definition of what is fine art photography.
The transition of communication devices from mere tools for connecting us in a verbal fashion to apparatus that now allows everyone to connect visually has smeared the line between art and visual communication. Now everyone is capable of becoming a photographer but the question is does it also make them an artist.
I'm still feeling my way around this question and around whether I think this is a good thing or a road to the demise of fine art photography. As of right now the quality of high-end photography hardware is a differentiating factor. Print quality from an iPhone can't match the pixel quality of a pricey digital camera but this is only a matter of time before our phones can provide prints as rich as those produced by the current digital cameras. The same holds true for photo manipulation. There is only a limited series of filters and edits that you can now access that allow you to change an image generated from your iPhone from its original but this too I suspect will change quickly allowing anyone with an idea to implant it on an image they've collected on their phone. So where is originality going to come from? What I found on the walls of booths at the Association of International Photography Art Dealers was it is going to continue to come from the eye of the artist. It comes from their ability to see things in ways no one else does.
This post was my tribute to the art of photography so I'm dedicating the gallery to something as visceral as the images from the show - its the absence of imagery caused by a world of exclusion and fear