What is Fine Art Photography?

This is Wikipedia’s definition of fine art photography “a high-quality archival photographic prints of pictures that are created to fulfil the creative vision of an individual professional.” It also refers to fine art photography as one and the same to art photography.

While Merriam-Webster describes fine art photography as “art concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects”.
So really the subjects for Fine Art Photography can be wide-ranging.

Since the 90’s my own photography has gone from street to stage to sports, from travel to abstracts to macro to architecture. Artistic and creative photography starts with the camera and the lens, and later with the added aid of software editing to further enhance the images.

I endeavour to create fine art photos mainly as an expression of my artistic mind and imaginations. There are some photos which I see before the shot is taken and know how it will end up, but on others more deep thoughts are needed which might take days or weeks to finish. Occasionally a grab or a lucky shot makes a wonderful photo.

I still treasure and miss the time I spent in my own darkroom and the photos produced from that time. There are a few photographers worldwide who still practice the traditional way to produce fine art photography, mainly monochrome and the market for such prints is still alive and thriving.

When it comes to printing digitally produced photos, using high-quality archival paper is a necessity.

All photos on my website are available for sale, they will be printed on archival paper with a guarantee of more than 100 years from the paper maker and the local printing lab.
“The use of the term art medium is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium. It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding.”

Edward Steichen
“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Ansel Adams