Portrait Session.

London

AD

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).

<3 Thanks

What keeps me going

"We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And, the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman:

O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless.. of cities filled with the foolish;
what good amid these, o me, O life?

Answer.

That you are here, that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse.”

Source: Dead Poets Society & Apple

Happy New Year!

Frankfurt. Impressions