I had to chuckle the other day. A photo-journalist recently posted an image – not really a very interesting image – and declared that he was a ‘fine art photographer.’ Yes, he was making light of the fact that fine art photographers frequently create images that are often uniquely interpreted by the individual photographer and not always purely representational.
As a retired musician, I had specific genres of music that I was more proficient in and others that I was not. Few musicians can comfortably – or competently – switch between classical and county; gospel and chamber music, etc. Likewise, photographers tend to gravitate to more specific genres as they mature in their work.
Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally re-presenting objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer; and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services.
The women of f/4 studio consider themselves fine art photographers. Our images reflect our vision as independent artists. We create art. While sometimes our art might somewhat lean toward being documentary in nature, typically we in some, shape, form, or fashion put our own creative twist on each image.
As you browse through our galleries, you will quickly recognize the individual ‘eye’ of each of our artists. Each of us is distinctive…and our images reflect that individuality.
Just for fun, check how well you know each of us. Can you name the specific artist of each of the four images shown below?
On November 8th, as has previously been mentioned, the women of f/4 studio will have work on exhibit in East Nashville. At the opening you will have the opportunity to talk with us about the body of work being shown. You can ask us about our vision for an image, perhaps how we achieved that vision. The opportunity for dialogue is one component of a successful exhibit opening.
Following the opening exhibit, we have several other events and opportunities that are being planned. Stay tuned for exciting announcements regarding free mini photography-related workshops and other photography related events.
As you are making plans for November 2013, reserve Friday, November 8th for our opening and Wednesday, November 13th for a day of free workshops and learning opportunities.
Celebrate fine art photography with the women of f/4 studio as we present “As Seen…through four perspectives.”
Contributed by Sue Henry