Fine Art Photography: The Overused Term

Hi there! Let's talk art: fine art photography to be exact. 

In recent years there has been a rise in the term - fine art photography -  by many photographers, both amature and professional; however, the question still remains to our clients, “What is fine art photography?”

Some think the term can be splattered over any photograph taken to allure clients, but that is just silly.

Don't take just my word for it. According to Digital Photography School, fine art photography is beyond just taking a photo and slapping that term on it. There is technique and certain elements that are used in the images that causes consistency - whether it is the medium, the grain, the shadows, the tones, or the message. Overall, the image needs to convey a message or an emotion.

James is what I call a fine art photographer, not because he takes amazing photos, but because he likes to capture people in unconventional ways, which encourages the viewer to build their own narrative around the image. He states that the inspiration for the undertone of his fine art comes from renaissance era paintings.

J Michael Photography Co. fine art portraits carry a a distinctive tone in grain, tones, and shadows. There are elements of nature that he transfers from each image to the next as he creates a statement in pixels.

Recently, James had the pleasure to work with a well known photographer in the area, Cat Salley with RP Photography. She's a really cool cat and was nothing short of a pleasure to work with and loads of fun. There's nothing more refreshing than when two artist get together to create art. 

I inquired about the idea behind this portrait, and James just looked at me and replied in a profound tone, “Distress, lost, emotional; Alone.” It hit me like a brick, because as he stated those words, I felt every sense of them while staring at the portrait.

And that ladies and gentlemen is fine art.

How does this portrait make you feel?


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