When is arty arty of when is it farty

posted on 13th of october, 2009

So I'm all for creative blur, flair and weirdness, but only if it serves a purpose and it is executed willingly or serendipitously. What irkes me to no end is someone who doesn't have the skill to shoot a "boring" shot, but claims that their "breaking the rules" is artistic expression.

My image above was consciously blurred and treated quite harshly. I'm very chuffed the Dreamstime saw the intention, and understood it not to be simply a checks like art image.

But, that is where the catch comes in - when doing creative breaking the rules stuff, there's always the chance that people will just perceive it for a bad photograph.

Ah, conundrums.

Comments (8)

Posted by Danienel on October 15, 2009
@lightart - I would imagine the context is commercial - for money - purposes, where context and multiple usability is considered. However, within that there is regional, cultural, niche considerations. That does make it hard!
Posted by Rolmat on October 14, 2009
Right. Sure it's fine to let your creativity take the wheel sometimes, provided that your personal artistic expression won't let you down when it comes to sales or low commercial value. While the catch is to keep being creative, leaving some part of it to customers still has a huge important role on this business. Stock agencies are not exactly art galleries, but surely we do appreciate some unusual shots. Some... :-)
Posted by Frantab01 on October 13, 2009
accept criticism and move on - image accepted - hooray - just enjoy your creativity and concentrate on great shots rather than good or bad comments :)
just my 2 cents
i like the image btw
Posted by Danienel on October 13, 2009
Great insights - as a commercial (shooting for money)-photographer as a day-job, however, I am well aware that people's approval of my work is essential to my success, but when it comes to stock and my own creative work, I couldn't agree more with your comments.
Posted by Creativei on October 13, 2009
I agree with all the below comments, just shoot and enjoy your photo session that's what matters.
Posted by Patl on October 13, 2009
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, As for what others think of your work, bad taste is better than no taste at all.
Posted by smartview27 on October 13, 2009
I think that "breaking the rules" is OK, but first you have to KNOW very well this rules! Knowledge is power!
Posted by Julia161 on October 13, 2009
If you each time think how people perceive your image you'll never moove. People have different tastes. In most cases bad to our opinion. And they have the right to be so ;)

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