I’m going to continue on the same travel thread that I started on Sunday. Well, sort of.
Jim and I attended a fine arts fair a couple of months ago, when the weather was still comfortable enough for walking around outside and admiring artwork. Although the majority of the pottery, jewelry, and paintings was lovely, I was definitely attracted to the tents which housed the work of photographers. The sizes of the pieces ranged from 8″ X 10″ to oversized masterpieces that would look perfect over a couch, or even in a museum. The photograph subjects that were my favorite? No surprise: they were beautiful locations all around the world. From Greece to Japan to Italy to the shores of California, these works of art made me drool…especially the gigantic ones that begged for me to step inside.
Here’s the thing, though. The over-the-couch pieces were priced in the range of $6,000 to $10,000. There is obviously a market for this price point because all of the photographers who were there priced their wares similarly. They were also obviously very talented: the combination of their eye for beauty and light and angles and their high-end, technologically advanced cameras (that can produce pictures so detailed that they can be blown up to the size they were) created what I would indeed call “fine art”.
That said, I felt that for me personally, the money–if I had that kind of money to spend on framed works of art–would be misspent because I’d rather take that $6,000 to $10,000 and set up a plane ticket and accommodations to any of those destinations and take my own pictures there, with my average DSLR camera.
Being there, seeing it for myself, smelling the air, tasting the foods, and hearing the sounds: all of those things contribute to memories. Photographs are my favorite souvenirs from any trip because they are more than just a piece of paper (or a picture on a screen).
I’m sure there are people who are well-off and have no problem spending that kind of money on that kind of art for their home, but give me the experience and a smaller picture any day: I’d rather be the photographer.