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Is This Art? | by Panorama Paul
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Is This Art?

Here we have yet another photo of one of my favourite subjects of all time... Table Mountain!!


So here are a couple of questions for you... would you call this art... or is it simply a photograph? What is the difference between a landscape photograph and a fine-art landscape photograph? When could I stop calling myself an amateur photographer... and start calling myself an amateur artist? Or are they one and the same thing?


Would you pay 10 U.S. Dollars for a print of this photo? Would you pay $20... or $30... or maybe even $100 (for a big print)? How about $578,500? Or better still... how about $4,338,500!? Could you ever imagine paying Four Point Three Million Bucks for a photo? How special would a photo have to be to be worth that kind of money? Perhaps if I was a famous artist instead of a wannabe landscape photog... maybe then you'd pay me $4,3 million for a print? Hah hah hah... only in my wildest dreams!!


The reason why I am asking all these seemingly silly questions... is that I read an article today that includes a photograph by Andreas Gursky which recently fetched $4,3 million at an auction... and tries to explain why someone would pay that kind of money for that kind of photograph.


I'm not sure that I am entirely convinced by the explanations given in the article... but I'd love to have your opinions!!?


Click here to read the article.


Click here to check out my Vertorama tutorial.


Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm at 10mm, aperture of f16, with a 1/200th second exposure.


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Taken on March 21, 2012