Writes Nick Melidonis, "At the time of writing this article, I was delighted and honoured to deliver the first of the 2023 U3A Art Lecture Series at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. The series will feature speakers from various visual art forms throughout the year. My brief for the lecture was, “What transforms a faithful photographic reproduction into a universally-recognised work of art?”
I thought a good starting point was to see what the literature revealed about ‘fine art’ and ‘creativity’. As always, there was no shortage of definitions, but in essence, most definitions seemed to suggest fine art or creative art, especially visual art, are products to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content.
So, to create fine art, photography requires imagination and is more than a literal photographic capture (snapshot) or a record shot of what is in front of the camera. It needs intent on the part of the artist to see beyond what is there and finish up with a personal, creative interpretation."
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