Guy Tal • On Subjectivity

Creativity is an expression of subjectivity. In other words, a work of creative art will be biased towards representing the unique sensibilities of its creator

My great creative passions are photography and writing, and every so often I like to draw parallels between the two. Of particular interest to me are things derived from the maturity of each pursuit, in part manifested in the acceptance of established variations and sub-categories. For example, any reader will know to make the distinction between journalistic reporting and creative writing, and to apply different criteria in their appreciation. The same distinction doesn’t quite apply in the minds of most consumers of photography, where an image presented as creative often is expected to maintain still a high degree of objectivity and factual representation.

Creativity is an expression of subjectivity. In other words, a work of creative art will be biased towards representing the unique sensibilities of its creator. It is curious, therefore, to encounter photographs presented as ‘fine art,’ where the photographer also proclaims their faithfulness to the subject ‘as seen.’

Of all human pursuits, art is perhaps the most subjective; from the things that motivate someone to create a work of art in the first place, through to their choice of tools, composition, style and presentation. Everything about art relies on ...

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I am a full-time photographer, writer, and naturalist living and working in the Colorado Plateau – a scenic and diverse desert region of the western United States spanning an area larger than most countries and states.

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