Photography is a type of art, but not all photographs can qualify as artists. In the age of digital photography everyone thinks that photography is easy. Internet is flooded with terrible images on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and so on. Human brain registers anything that our eyes can see in repeating patterns as normal and acceptable standards, which is why modern society is all about quantity not quality. We live too fast and are too jaded to notice art around us. We are trained to react at the cost of losing the ability to pause and feel. But how is this related to photography?
Professional photographer is someone who performs a craft. It is a job and that is it. Most are, or should be, proficient in knowledge on how to use their gear and how to capture technically correct images. An artist is someone who can take it to a whole new level. Photographer will follow the rules, and artist will break them with finesse. Photographer knows what he or she should do in given situation, and artist senses the mood and reacts. Photographer will apply generic photo post processing techniques and follow a workflow that is a second nature, and artist will adapt and treat every single photo individually, explore the energy, mood, moment, and let the imagination show the way. Professional photographer is dedicated and will most likely accept any work that brings money, artist is passionate about his or her work and cares about images far more than people who pay for them. True artist will tell you to get lost if whatever is on the menu feels insulting to the artistic quality of their work. You will be refused point blank, regardless of the money involved. Professional photographer is more of a businessman, whereas artist is a child who plays with wonders of lights and shadows. Photographer will plan, artist will react to circumstances intuitively. Photographer will follow a commonly accepted and socially approved style that should be profitable and popular, an artist will discover and pursue their own, regardless of how many people appreciate or understand it. Photographer will compose a photo using elements they can see, artist will create an image using elements others cannot see. Photographer will ask you to pose the way they know it should look good (or acceptable) an artist will insist on exploring and experimenting and pose you according to the moment, your personality and the light. Photographer will capture images with their gear, an artist will do the same with the soul.
Professional photographer will work with subjects, whereas an artist will get emotionally involved, try to connect with another human being, enter your personal space and encourage you to co-create. You are the part of the image, definitely not a subject. Working with professional photographer is a bit like ordering a pizza, where you pay and hope that you get what the picture in the menu looked like. Artist will take you for a journey to a realm that no one else can see or even imagine.
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