Weekly Photo Challenge: Life and Art Are One

Life imitates Art; Art imitates Life.  What’s the difference?  Maybe Life and Art are one and the same or so intermingled that it’s impossible to separate them…like mayonnaise: egg, oil and vinegar bound together in one, smooth shmear. 

Here are two pictures I took on the same day in New Mexico:

Statues in the city; real people in the wilderness.  The fact that I put those photos side by side might say something about life…or art.  They’re blended, see? 

How about this one?

artsy still lifeIt’s a photograph of flowers on my dining room table.  A still life.  Is it still life?  Those peonies were alive, right there in front of me.  I took a picture, which I think looks a bit like a painting.  That’s Art, but it looks a lot like Life.  Our brains tend to blur symbol and substance. Try talking philosophy for a while: the words we use for concepts often supplant the concepts themselves. For example, the sign shows the words The Grand Canyon. Is the Grand Canyon the sign or the landscape behind it? 

I love Art and Life; I love their blurred edges; I love their intermingled perspective. How fortunate to be able to play with both!


Life Imitates Art

10 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Life and Art Are One

  1. Pingback: Life Imitates (or Initiates Art) | Chris Breebaart Photography / What's (in) the picture?

  2. Scilla – those peonies are stunning and just the part of those Dutch master’s paintings I love best. You caught the light perfectly! I always look forward to your posts and perspective. Thanks from Meg

    • That photo was taken with a borrowed camera, before I bought myself my own digital camera, but I do like it! Thanks for your visit, Meg, and your consistently positive encouragement!

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