Every now and again I like to challenge myself to create fine art photography pieces from the everyday, the ordinary. We have a fern in our kitchen that could use a little TLC now and then. In the hustle and bustle of everyday happenings, it doesn’t always get watered ;). Despite the lack of consistent nurture and care, it still survives (for now, at least).
Sometimes the detail is in the little things.
If you have any plants in your home, have you ever looked up close at them? Take this fern, for example. The patterns and repetition, the symmetry and color. Nature is full of art waiting to be discovered, things waiting to be photographed. It just takes the right eye to appreciate what’s already there …and to create a fine art interpretation to be enjoyed by others.
I love looking at things like this fern from different angles. It always amazes me how a slight change in perspective can make a subject change so drastically. The gentle leaves become spiky points, the shadows deepen and darken, turning murky black. light and shadow are constantly at play with one another. Leading lines draw me into yet another fine art image, waiting to be captured on “film.”
And then the fern becomes familiar, symmetric, again. With the soft light, the sharpness is gone.
What is Fine Art Photography?
“But Betsy,” you ask, “what is fine art photography?” Well, that will vary depending on who you ask. Maybe fine art photography means landscape photographs or plant photographs to one person, but to another, that doesn’t qualify. Fine Art is really a tricky thing to define, because it is subjective by nature. Here’s how Wikipedia (I know, not the ultimate authority by any means) defines fine art photography:
Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. (Wikipedia: Fine Art Photography)
Basically, fine art photography is everything that is NOT commercial, photojournalistic, or documentary in nature. Fine art photography is not intended to be an objective representation, but a subjective representation, of reality.
Macro Fine Art Photography Tips
Look for the detail in the ordinary, the normal. Look for repetition, for design elements that are intriguing. Look for patterns in light and dark. It’s all about abstracting something known, something ordinary, into the extraordinary.
So far as cameras go, most point and shoots these days have macro photography or fine art photography settings of some sort. While your results may vary, I challenge you to give macro fine art photography a try next time you pick up your camera. Consider it an exercise in creativity. You’ll find yourself looking for fine art photography moments in the ordinary, the mundane.
Yes, it’s challenging, both from a technical standpoint and from a creative standpoint. But by simply experimenting with the creativity aspect, I bet you’ll be able to find more wonder in your everyday life. More fine art than you expect. It’s there, in your home, outside your front door, waiting to be appreciated and enjoyed.