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It’s Not A Banana, It’s Homemade Banana Bread

For decades many have argued whether or not certain photographs are fine art as traditionally fine art was reserved for “paintings, sculpture, architecture, music and poetry.” Part of the problem is that the definition of fine art varies, depending who you ask, from what is and what is not fine art.

It’s my belief that fine art photography is when a photographer and his muse create an image of their visions with aesthetics plus imagination. A fine art photograph must invoke emotion to the viewer, or collector, of appreciation for its beauty, subjective to their interpretation. It’s this subjective interpretation to the viewer that makes one photo fine art to one person, but perhaps not to another individual, though both people will agree, a photo is a photo.

As an example, the next time you are in the produce section of the supermarket ask several people to show you a banana, and everyone will agree what a banana is and probably everyone will point them out. Unfortunately with fine art, it’s not that easy, as one could walk into an art gallery or museum and ask various people to point out fine art and you’ll get fingers going in different directions, and probably some people disagreeing on artistic pieces they do not feel is fine art.

According to Wikipedia.com, “In Western European academic traditions, fine art is art developed primarily for aesthetics, distinguishing it from applied art that also has to serve some practical function.” Google.com defines it as, “Creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.” Then the Merriam Webster dictionary will state fine art as, “…art (as painting, sculpture, or music) concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects —usually used in plural…an activity requiring a fine skill.”

Wikipedia.com breaks it down even further when it comes to fine art photography, “Fine art photography refers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism and commercial photography. Photojournalism visually communicates stories and ideas, mainly in print and digital media. Fine art photography is created primarily as an expression of the artist’s vision, but has also been important in advancing certain causes.”

So as you can tell, not everyone will have the same opinion of fine art photography, thus, that’s why on AmericanoDream.com, I share with you our vision, or concepts, and our aesthetics on what my muses and I consider fine art photography between the two of us. Any photograph we’ve created is only showcased here on AmericanoDream.com if we both agree its fine art photography by our standards and our intended goals. This corroboration between the two of us thus provides consistency in our photographs, in essence, a photographer and muse style.

It is this established style that distinguishes an artist’s body of work and becomes its signature, or brand. We like to think that our style is a combination of styles that become one in the end. It’s this combined style that creates our fine art photography—the style of our concepts, the style of my muses’ photogenic qualities and posing, plus the style of our post production.

It’s like banana bread made from a unique family recipe, it’s not just a banana; it’s a combination of ingredients that makes it ours, homemade, which separates our loaves from that of others, including those mass produced—we like to think every loaf we bake is unique for that day, just like a preconceived photograph that becomes fine art photography. Of course, our best fine art photography is so cherished you can only find it our Charter Patron’s private collection gallery.

Now that I’ve left you hungry because I’m sure you can taste and even smell the qualities of a homemade banana bread loaf, I close with my consistent style of closing all my books and blog articles; please don’t forget the men and women that proudly defend our nation. God Bless them, their families and their friends, Rolando.

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