ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY
rules expand with the growing insight of the artist. He can never say all that he would; he cannot work long enough or live long enough for that. But he can do superior and individual work during his lifetime.
Art being a growth, we must consider whether with the young it is not a natural growth, while in the case of the mature photographer it may mean that he should throw aside his preconceived ideas and his prejudices against the phases and possibilities into which he has not yet penetrated. Certain views held by a portion of the profession are harmful to development. For instance, this paragraph occurred in a photographic magazine some time ago:
" What is the difference between a good photograph and an artistic photograph? It is commonly under stood that a good photograph is merely a print from a good negative, whilst an artistic photograph must have been carefully selected as to subject, composition, and lighting."
In reality there is no difference between a good and an artistic photograph. Artistic in itself embodies "good"; artistic as a quality is above the question of means or method, it deals only with result. The word is derived from art, and art is arrangement to produce beauty and logic, or "truth" as we more often express it. Subject and lighting, lens and paper, are only means to an end. The profession must seek to avoid