Do we get too obsessed by "real"?

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John Crowe
John Crowe Senior Member • Posts: 1,628
Re: Do we get too obsessed by "real"?

I hate getting involved in these, but what the heck, I am prepared for ridicule again.

I took art all through high school, did some engineering, and chose an education in Industrial Design instead of Architecture.  I stopped painting 41 years ago and chose photography instead.

For ME photography is about real images printed on photographic paper to recreate the reality as much as possible.  If one is going to print on canvas, and/or destroy a photographic image to make it look like a painting, then why not simply paint it in the first place.

On the opposite approach, I must say I am extremely impressed by those painters who paint images that look like photographs.  That is an insane skill but I suspect I have more appreciation for the artist than the actual work.

All in all, I really should try painting and even rendering again, as my daughter has taken to it a bit over the past few years.

Having said that, I do like the colourful store front, but I think it could stand on it's own as an original photograph.  Perhaps I sense a weakness in my own argument!

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