Yep – it’s compromise. Why? If photography/art wasn’t about compromise it would be precise – like science. And while there is certainly a scientific component to photography, it’s the compromise that makes it art.
Art is about tradeoffs. What did you decide to include in the picture and as a result, what did you exclude? Did you decide to hold detail in the highlights or the shadows? Did you use a shallow depth-of-field to bring the viewer’s eye deeper into the shot and if so, what part of the original scene didn’t they get to see?
What makes art special is it’s a celebration...
Photographers have struggled with the question of why some photos seem to be accepted within the fine art world, and so many others are not. The world of fine art has, until recently, managed to lock the door to photographers, but that is changing. Today's photographers are simply producing images that not only unlock that door, but have exploded the door off its' hinges.
Galleries and collectors alike are now welcoming the photographic genre into the club of fine art.
So, why is the door remaining closed to so many photographers? Why are so many photographers frustrated by the rejection...