Photography is an art, and everybody is a critic.
To me, what is called photography is much more than the capturing of images either on film or digitally. Photography is an expression of the vision of the photographer and the interaction with his/her audience, and as such qualifies as art.
Now, since we (or at least I) have decided that photography is an art, everyone is going to have an opinion. There will be what I call ‘purists’ that believe that any type of manipulation of an image disqualifies it from being photography. Then there are two types of ‘purist’, film and digital. If you manipulate an image, when does it stop being a photograph and start being something else? Does it matter?
For me, the answer is very simple. Pure photography is the mechanics and techniques of capturing an image with a camera. Everything after that is art. Just as there are painters that work in different types of mediums and different forms of expressions, photographers will as well.
So, if you are digital or film, manipulate images or not, color or monochrome, enjoy the art you make and don’t worry too much about the critics.
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