I have had an internal debate regarding modern fine art photography’s use in interior design for the longest time. Stemming from my own preferences towards painted works, I can’t seem to make the jump to using straight images from everyday life/pop culture un-softened by brushstrokes and interpretation.
Janet, for example, would never make an appearance in any of the work I do…
Stranger still is imagery that I can’t understand wanting in any part of my house. Ever. I realize that as art, these images are intended to make the viewer think. The designer in me still feels that anxiety inducing need to maintain a… feeling (at the very least).
That photo makes me physically uncomfortable, like I’m choking. WHY??? Why put THAT photograph there?? An incredible antique vessel sink (originally part of a fountain), solid slab counters and stone floors, and that beautiful wood screen – give them something exotic. Give them seductive. Give them tranquil. Hell, give them humor!
Give them anything but an old t.v. in the corner of an ugly room!!!. (Deep breath) .
On the up side, I do enjoy family photos. Just not the ones straight from the point-and-shoot. I am a huge fan of Photoshop. Crop, edit, enlarge – manipulate away! Make it black and white and I’ll put it just about anywhere.
Since I have known for some time that fine art photography and I are not always real chummy, I’ve been practicing. I created a board on Pinterest where I collect images of anything I can imagine framing and hanging in a room someday. Favorites…
This one I found and fell in love with while living in Newport, RI. The photographer is Alexander Nesbitt. I didn’t know that before I moved away so I only recently re-found the photo…
I react when I look at these images with feelings ranging from fondness to love, experiencing awe and hilarity and wonder. This is my pre-requisite for art in someone’s home. They must react positively.* Professional artwork is an investment (read: freaking expensive) so it better mean more to you than just a pretty picture! And if it makes you feel like you’re choking (the way that stupid tv does me), or repulsed, or depressed, or self-critical – drop that thing like a bad habit (metaphorically – remember this stuff is expensive), because who wants to feel like that every time you look at it?
Do you know what I mean, people? Can I get an amen?!
What’s your definition of photocrappy and does anyone respond to art like they’re choking? This one really took me by surprise.
*So, I am aware that art is personal and subjective and that not everyone would look at a photo of a tv in an ugly room and react like I do, but I just don’t see how you couldn’t. And I really hope that the designer of that bathroom or the photographer that snapped that photo never happens to land on my corner of the blogging universe. I mean no disrespect!