Artful Photography: What Makes a Truly Artful Photo?

Since the moment that the camera was invented, people have clamored to immortalize their likeness and memories on film. Eventually, cameras were used to capture sights and pretty important events in our history. Eventually, it came to pass that photography and the images that it produces were considered to be art.

The term is actually fine art photography. This is completely different from the sort of photography that is used in journalism and even on special occasions like weddings and birthdays. Fine art photography is often subjective in the sense that it is up to the photographer to determine the message that they want to convey. Many people argue the fact that any person with a smartphone can now capture photographs, what separates someone’s Instagram shot to actual fine art photography.

This is something that gave me pause a few years back when IG first came out. If you can now take shots, put filters on it, and just instantly share it, what makes it so different? To be honest, not much! Fine art photography is all about:


The subject of the photo is what usually what will strike the audience first. A lot of fine art photographers like to focus on people, objects, and buildings. The subject is normally the focal point and what will give the photographer the idea of how to compose the image.

Think of it in terms of taking a Snap or an IG photo. You determine the subject. It can be your feet, the food you are about to eat, or the people you are with. That is the subject.


The composition of the photograph will refer to the lighting, the angle, and the treatment of the photo. You can choose to have it in color, in black and white, or even under a filter. The composition adds drama to the photo and can either emphasize or detract from the subject.

In terms of Snaps or IG photos, the composition is how you decide to portray the subject. You can try shooting it from an angle or straight or even flat-lay. You determine the mood and color and even the filter before uploading it. if you have done any of this, congratulations. You have successfully composed a photo.

Good photographers will know how to angle the shot and to formulate the overall composition so that it delivers the message that they want to convey. Or it should at least illicit a response in the viewer. A well taken fine art photograph will make you feel something despite yourself.

To Conclude

Fine art photography like most visual art is fluid in its message. It can try to express one thing but end up being understood as something else entirely. This is what makes art so exciting. It is all about the person viewing the art piece that will determine its worth and its final message. Do not limit yourself with the understanding of an art critic or someone that has something to say about the message of an art piece.

View the art yourself and consider building your own opinion.

Is Art So Overrated: Differences between Contemporary and Classical

When the topic of art comes up, there are always some pretty standard responses. There are those that bring up the time of the classical masters and the contemporary greats. There are those that bring up the latest filters and how to use your camera phone to get the angle just right—this is also art. Today, I wanted to talk about the core differences between classical and contemporary art.

I feel that this discussion is needed since these are the two that are often pit against each other. I believe that through a better understanding of both topics, there would be less vitriol thrown around. So without further ado, let’s get started:

Contemporary Art

By definition, contemporary art refers to any art that is made today. It is any art that was produced in the latter part of the 20th century. This is not to be confused with Modern art. Yes, I know, they can be quite confusing. However, it is all about the time period.

Modern art is any art that was made between 1860 to around 1970. Cotemporary art is what followed. Everything that you see after 1970 is considered to be contemporary art. Contemporary art is usually a culmination of global influences. As you may imagine, society is not longer as constricted as it was back then. There’s very little threat of war so people are free to come and go and as they please.

Of course, this exchange leads to influences that result in artists like Yayoi Kusama and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Classical Art

When you say classical art, this does not actually refer to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci and the people of his age. Classical artists are the likes of Nicolas Poussin, Laurent de la Hyre, Lola Mora, and Hohann Halbig.

Their works of art usually depict the ‘classical period’ of society. It is mostly western in its subjects and is very specific in the ways the colors are used. Classical art is often confused with different styles like Baroque. While they can be confused for each other they are actually quite different. Classical art is usually worth millions and even billions of dollars because the method in which they are created are often hard to replicate.

To Conclude

Art does not just belong to a certain period or era. Art is fluid and is something that is the physical representation of a person’s creativity. Of course the art that is produced now is completely different from the art that was produced centuries ago. Whenever there are debates about how classical art is so much better than contemporary art and how contemporary art is sacrilege to art in general, it’s a lot like being mad at classical artists for not drawing the way cavemen used to do it.

Yes, cave art is still art. So instead of pitting one against the other, it would be better to remember that art is progress. It will be future generations that will determine if the art we have now can stand up to the greats of the classical age.

3 Movies You Should Not Miss If You Love Art

Hello and welcome to the very first post of Art Antiques! I’m so excited to get started! As you may know, this blog is going to be focusing on the topics of its namesake! So without further ado, let’s get started! You know what’s on my mind? MOVIES!

Movies are actually an artistic form of expression within themselves. There are good ones and there are bad ones, yes. However, one thing that you will notice is that favorite movies are often subjective. You can think something is terrible while others will think it’s amazing. Do you know why that is? That’s because movies illicit emotions! So why are there some movies that stand head and shoulders above the rest and are considered to be truly artful ones?

Why don’t you find out for yourself? Here are three movies that many agree that you should not miss if you truly love art:

Loving Vincent

No matter where you are in the world, you will have heard of Vincent Van Gough. He is one of the best loved artists to have ever existed in our history. He has a way of using colors that did not betray the fact that he was in the throes of incredible and exquisite pain. He was long plagued with mental issues which drove him to cut off his own ear.

Loving Vincent is a masterpiece in itself. It boasts of using painted frames in the style of the artist himself. Immerse yourself in the story of this movie and enjoy the style that is unique to Van Gough and his divine pieces of art.

Exit through the Gift Shop

This film is actually a documentary made by the world famous street artist that goes by the name of Banksy. Politics and art have always been intrinsically locked together. Art, at its very core, is the representation of the pulse of the artist. It is their views snatched from the tendrils of their imagination and given visual form. Banksy is no different.

Exit through the Gift Shop follows the tale of an immigrant in LA and street art. This movie takes the audiences through the grit of modern art and the toughness and complexities of those that pursue art in a modern world.

Girl with the Pearl Earring

This painting is famous for projecting innocence and curiosity. This film on the other hand, discusses the complexities of human relationships—particularly the subject of the painting and the painter. Johannes Vermeer is a complicated man who has to juggle the needs of his family, the demands of his patron, and his pursuit of artistic excellence.

Girl with the Pearl Earring makes use of colors and the emotions that are rife during that time period to convey the swirl of events that may have led to one of history’s famous paintings.

To Conclude

You can immerse yourself in the cinematography of each film and stoke the fires of the art lover in you. The three films above are just above some of my personal favorites. Which films would you suggest art lovers watch?