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Artifacts

November 14, 2015  •  1 Comment

It has been said quite often that "It is not a picture until its a print". And while that may be true and while I tend to mostly agree, is a picture itself art?

I've thought about that, and I've come to believe that a photograph/print is more an artifact.

The art of photography is telling very detailed stories in a non-linear fashion without ever using words. The print that you hold in your hand or the image that glows from your computer screen is a means to convey that story. But the art is more than just the commodity.

When a musician scratches hard words onto soft paper and makes blobs of ink represent a minor seventh chord, is that the art? Or is the art when those ideas are conveyed to someone by means of vinyl or performance?

When a dancer choreographs a routine, is that the art? Or is it when they leap and bound weightless across a stage and into another's soul?

So while I believe a photographer can be an artist, where does the art live? Is it a physical image, or is it something more?


Performers in these images were trained by and the Video Installation was created by Marielle Hare for The Ephemerals. Images were taken at a joint art installation presented by Lori Vrba, Tama Hochbaum, and Marielle Hare.

(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

(c)2015 Gene Lazo Photography

 


Comments

1.lori vrba(non-registered)
Thank you for such an articulate post Gene. I'm so glad you were here and could see what we hoped you would. This was a happening. An experience. Meant to be inhaled rather than held in one's hands. thank you for breathing it in.
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