AD, abbreviation. Short for advertisement, may also be used to abbreviate Art Dilemma.
Lately I found myself wondering about my definition of art quite a lot. It is easy to tell what I do not like, but on the other side even harder to exactly tell what I do like. Let me try to answer the age-old question:
What makes good art?
- Art must strive to be unique. It must add something new to the world. "It has to undermine existing standards." (Lu Xing-Hua).
- Art must be beautiful. "There is no such thing as good taste." (Paul Graham).
Looking on Flickr nowadays, most people just tend to do one thing, stop halfway through. They shoot beautiful sunsets, just for beauty’s sake. Of course - they are well done - no photography-teacher would argue. For me though, there is a difference between technically perfect pictures and those with a message, emotions behind it. Those which add to the world. Pictures of cute kittens and dreamy sunsets, in a way, force you to like the picture. But the world is full of them, we had them already, all of them.
Art must be beautiful? I like to think so. Especially looking at modern, contemporary art, some artist seem to forget there is a different between sketching and thinking about art and actually creating art. They hide behind the label: “This is art because I want it to be." This is arrogant. There is a fine line between 3 white pages and art. For me though, art needs to be appealing.
Understanding of art
The pictures I take try to evoke feelings, they want to irritate you, make you think. Not everybody understands that, a lot of people don’t even try to understand. Maybe because it’s not easy or just because my photography is different. Maybe it is because they are just to craven to try it. To Walk The Line themselves (pun intended).