"Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally re-presenting objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer; and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services."
I tend to agree with this view. To elevate a photography to "Fine Art", takes more than a beautiful subject and a steady hand. The final image has to show the artist's intent. It has to have meaning beyond what was happening in front of the lense at the time.
A snapshot on one's vacation would not be considered Fine Art, no matter how beautiful it turned out. No matter how much others say they like it. It is not about "likes", it about meaning, and intent. In short, it has to have soul.
I believe Fine Art Photography is a special form of visual communication. Not only can it speak a thousand words, but it can communicate directly to the soul. Very similar to Jazz music or Poetry.
In my work, I try to find subject matter that touches me; speaks to me. I then record the object(s) with my camera in a very straight forward way. Once in my computer, I then apply fairly standard methods of manipulation (similar to the old dark room days) . Trying to coerce out and enhance the magical/spiritual elements that made me take the image in the first place.
When viewing my prints, I highly recommend turning off your conscience, analytical mind, and just let the natural communique happen.
I hope you enjoy my portfolio, and please feel free to leave a comment on the Contact page.