Deconstructing the alchemy of a simple decision



“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place.” ~ Elliott Erwitt

I am with Erwitt on this. But that leaves the artist struggling with the idea of interesting, the definition of art. Decisions about what gets included in the latest show, what images make it into frames and onto gallery walls are fraught with introspection and self doubt.


McEelheran suggests the decisions can be simplified by a sort of algorythm about who is making them…

“For the mystic what is how. For the craftsman how is what. For the artist what and how are one.” ~William McElcheran

But for the painter or photographer aspiring to art, their craft is inextricable from their vision.

In the end I side with Redon and Picasso, if you don’t feel it, well it just ain’t art.

“While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality… true art lies in a reality that is felt.” ~Odilon Redon

“There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” ~Pablo Picasso