Yet such paintings seem compelling. Paintings and drawings fascinate because they are an artist’s interpretation of a subject. These are compelling, simply because they are a window into the mind of another person. To me, paintings incorporating chiaroscuro are engaging because they show how an artist views the world.
Photographs are data collections. There surely is no better representative of our current informational age than the digital photograph. Every photograph carries the implied meaning of being objective, being pure data. But it also means a snapshot carries no interpretation. It is only when we sense a filter through another mind, that we begin to call something art.
Photographers have to isolate subjects through selective focus, or careful framing. Painters do not have this issue, they simply do not include anything which is irrelevant! This got me thinking: Other than cropping viewpoint or making something abstract to photograph, can the medium of digital photography rise from being a set of data points to embody meaning?