not art (by Ana Luísa Pinto [Luminous Photography])
Don’t do it pretty, make it ugly. No, not like that. That’s too well done. That’s too clear, you need it to be less obvious. How do you get that? Blur it. Don’t make it easy for me to look at. Don’t make it nice. Make it artistic. What’s art? I don’t know, but it’s not that. If people like it, you’re doing it wrong. Just make me hate it. Make me hate you. make it blurry. No, you’re not naked, so you won’t go anywhere. That picture you just put ten hours into and have a bruise to show for? Nothing. Another picture of a terrace with a chair? Everything. Just do it in film. Just do it in a way that it looks like you weren’t actually trying to create, but depicting a reality that everyone sees, everyone can photograph, but you think it’s special and somehow, we all think it’s too, simply because you yelled ‘it’s art’! Use art as an excuse for bad quality. Like the ugly and the unwillingly imperfect — because when it’s imperfect on purpose it doesn’t count — it just counts when you can’t do it any better but you still call it art. Just talk about in a pretentious way, that’s what makes it art. That’s what makes the academic people like you. that’s what makes it work. that’s what galleries want, nudes and blurs and broken film. because we couldn’t all do that. well, maybe we should.
or maybe we should just stop hoping we ever make it in the Art world.
Because fuck you, that’s why.
I’m just frustrated at some of the replies I’ve been hearing. Apparently, if it’s not photography that looks like it was taken in the seventies, it’s not good photography. If it’s not blurry past the point of recognition, it’s not photography. If it’s nice, if people like it, you should rethink it.
That makes me want to let this whole thing fuck itself and become a farmer.
What happened to art letting us create our own world?
I will keep asking: do not blog my photos without credit AND linking back; do not use weheartit.com to bookmark my photos and please please PLEASE don’t instagram my work. Thanks to those of you who respect these requests.