The Pretty Picture

When looking at art, the viewer should try to take into account the deeper layers of the piece. Erez Marom reveals his artistic source of inspiration and explains why the word pretty has no place in art

Nature photographers enjoy thinking about their art in a specific way. The audience might think about the art in a similar way or in a completely different manner. People are different, and they have different points of view on any subject, art included. But as an artist, there probably isn’t a more offensive thing than your art being regarded in a way which you don’t care for. Some photographers may be appalled if viewers say their images are fit to be postcards. Others might get frustrated with the ever-present ‘this doesn’t look real’ remark, as the photographer feels that they have spent so much time waiting for a surreal moment, only for someone to actually call it surreal, effectively doubting the photographer’s integrity. I don’t mind my images being postcards or my integrity doubted by people who weren’t even there. However, the word I hate to hear the most when people refer to my art has to be ‘pretty’.

Behind every artist there is a story – a life and a world view represented in their art, underlying it and supplying the basis for what they seek, create and, ultimately, present to the viewer. Landscape photography is especially susceptible to …

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Erez Marom

Erez is a full-time nature photographer and traveler based in Israel. Erez authors professional articles on nature photography, and offers unique photography workshops in fascinating locations worldwide.

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