“Do not have I came across the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.” -W. Eugene Smith
The invention of the camera liberated painting from its reportage role. Gone was the requirement to produce a likeness, detail the events of the story, painting was free expressing emotions. True what had gone before contained a mental content however now painting could experiment and through imaginative interpretation permit the emotional content to predominate.
Since the 19th century evolved and throughout the 20th century painters from the impressionists through the cubists and expressionists to the minimalists could to utilize colour, line and form to go straight to the emotional content of the work. The representational facet of the job become coincidental and was pushed to the point that it became similar to lying on the grass making shapes out of clouds. Enjoyable as it may be it’s secondary to the type of clouds.
The introduction of the digital darkroom has with all this freedom to photographers. The number of tools to repair and enhance the camera’s capture when pushed to its extremes produces a selection of fascinating effects abstract painting for sale. When put into the filters constructed into the higher software, images can be produced that any comparison to the original photograph is purely coincidental.
With the usage of these tools, the skilled photographic artist will take the pop song and create, in visual terms, the lyric beauty of a baroque symphony or the down town jive of a jazz variation without a tree or high rise in sight. Just the light captured by the camera and fine tuned into something different, something new that comes from the photographer.
The photographer has been liberated like the painter before them by technology. Now photographs can explore the total array of human experience including those who have no words expressing them. Large statements will undoubtedly be accessible by the photographer not merely in physical terms. Like their painter counterparts a large canvas has become the order of the day. That canvas can express feelings rather than simply illustrate them denotes that the photograph is now an adult in the arts