(imported from my former photo blog)
Upon further reflection from my first post on this subject, I have more to say about this.
I'm thinking the mediums need sub-mediums. Let's explore them just in photography.
At one point I was calling my work Evolution Medium while I was creating the 2012 Series.
These images literally evolved from my original photographs. I would add color, effects, more color, more effects, until I got something I really liked. Perhaps it was the dark days of winter that lead me to this, but the end result was a collection of light and color that intrigued me.
Another project I created was The New World series. In these I would keep as much of the original image as I could so it would be recognizable to some degree by the viewer, then I just added distortion effects.
Like this one:
The scenes are realistic but they still have movement.
A good picture is just a pretty scene until you overhaul it. Having said that, many viewers prefer a pretty scene, and there are some amazing ones out there!
So maybe that pretty landscape is realism and the tweaked post production is abstract; creating the art after the image.
So what do we call these new mediums? And who are we, the ones creating it? Are we artist-photographers, or photography-artists? Are we digital artists? Or post production artists? Edit-artists???? I welcome some feedback on these ideas or if you have found yourself in a similar quandary..