Photography as Art
Photography as Art
One of the great things that comes with being a grownup, is the opportunity to decorate your own home. And I mean really decorate it – with contrasting colors and art on the walls and maybe even a little feng shui. Not that haphazard and chaotic decorating you may have embraced in college. No, becoming an adult means that the beer box wallpaper finally has to go and in its place – you get to create a home that is comfortable and a space you can be proud to show off.
But let’s be real; all that grownup decorating can get overwhelming. And certainly expensive, if you try to do it all at once. I’m a much bigger fan of choosing a look you hope to achieve, creating all kinds of Pinterest boards dedicated to that look, and then slowly working towards the finished product over time. But even then, there will eventually come the question of what to put on the walls.
You all know what a big fan I am of good art. I have discussed it here before and I truly believe it can be an amazing investment for not only your home, but also for you. A piece of art that speaks to you is one that will follow you from home to home for the rest of your life, no matter where you find yourself. So paying for quality is worth it at that point. Even if it means only collecting pieces slowly over the years.
But one thing a lot of people don’t realize is that their pictures can become some of the most valuable art in their home. Think about it: a professional photo shoot (be it for a wedding or baby’s first birthday) can often produce multiple images that are truly artistic in nature. These images are not only beautiful shots on their own merits, but they also capture the light and love already within your life. They are the pictures of you in the midst of experiences you always want to remember, and they often capture the people you love most in the world.
So why wouldn’t you have those images blown up and framed as art for your home? You can even have them printed on canvas, to create that truly artistic feel.
For plenty of people, finding an artist whose work really resonates with them can be difficult. And filling your walls with art that doesn’t speak to you is a waste of both money and wall space. But those favorite photographs that were taken at the height of some of the happiest moments of your life? Those are the images you will never tire of looking at. Which makes it worth the investment to have them turned into artistic prints that can forever brighten your walls.
Sure, you may be thinking that you would rather print up twenty 5’7” prints, display them all in matching frames and call it a day. But over time, that wall of photos starts to lose its power. Those images get lost in the sea of other photos and you stop even looking at them when you pass by.
But a large print meant to capture the eye and be the focal point of the room? It will forever retain its value and become that art people talk about every time they visit your home.
And isn’t that at least partially the point?
So the next time you are searching for great art, consider what you already have in your photo album at home. And then think about hiring a professional for another shoot. The beauty of the journalistic style I aim for is that many of those shots would make great additions to your art collection.
And I would love to help you start decorating your walls!