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The art of digital art

Is digital art, art or photography? That is the question that came up for me in a recent photography contest. I submitted an image that had been digitally enhanced with Photoshop, and was told that they were looking for pure photography. After all, it was a “photography” contest. The image I submitted is one you’ve seen here on Red Bubble and, based on your input, quite popular. The original photograph was good out of the camera. With a little balancing the image was acceptable, and got good reviews.

One must decide what they want to do with their art, in my mind. Are you interested in selling it? Or do you just want people to see your photos, and comment on them? Both avenues are fine, and I have no problem with them, or any other reason, for that matter, that people post images online. Personally, I am interested in producing images that are pleasing to the eye, by taking ordinary photographs, and turning them into something one would want to hang on their wall. Photo manipulation is here to stay. Software companies that produce all kinds of fancy tools for us are counting on it. The tools can only get better, especially as computers get more powerful. And I can tell you from personal experience computers will always get better, faster – more powerful – cheaper, all that. The same is true with digital cameras. In my mind, these tools will come closer and closer together to work more with each other.

So, why all this hoop-la about the subject? Well, my view is that just about anybody can take a decent photo today, with the cameras that are available, and they do – you do. Like a great macro of a bee, or flower, or butterfly. This is all good stuff, and it does sell some. I believe there is an un-born market for really good digital art, however. Un-born, because the mainstream has not really embraced it. It’s gaining in popularity, but it’s still kind of new. Sort of like HD TV was just a few years ago. I mean yhey were nice, but average consumers did not really embraced them. Once they did, everybody had to have one. I believe it’s the same with digital art. One day it will be the norm, and people will look to it to satisfy their art collecting needs. Once that happens the digital art we create today could sell for lots. Maybe we’ll be dead when that happen, but hopefully not.

Well, I’m getting wordy here, and maybe wasting your time, but I’d like to hear what some of you have to say on this subject. Am I crazy, or does this make sense?

Cheers. G.

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