Okay, so not sure how many are familiar, but I'm on an art sharing website called deviantart.com
It's a pretty okay place, lots of people missing the intended purpose of the site, but i digress.
The actual point here is pertaining to a function of the website called "groups" and more specifically the people who run them. Groups are user created communities within the website that are in place for the direct purpose of creating selective galleries for the artists to promote their artistry to stand out against all the other.... *ahem* lesser quality work that floods the site. But, the inherent issue is the fact that they are ~user created.~ Meaning that anyone can create one, and anyone can have a dictatorship over what is included in their galleries. Now, most groups with just one person selecting the images don't usually do well or get many followers. The ones that do are the ones that include a voting system. Artists can "submit" their work to the group and if it gets a passing vote from a majority of a select group of voters, the art is passed and included in the group gallery.
THE POINT- I am a "voter" for one of these selective group galleries, and the leader of the group has set the system up so she has executive final word on every submission. She and I had a... discussion over an image being submitted to the wrong genre in the gallery.
here is that image. (all credit goes to the original photographer, and he retains all rights.)
link to the original... http://onurkorkmaz.deviantart.com/art/Istanbul-2013-360066739
The photographer submitted this image to the "street photography" gallery. The owner of the popular group hit this accepted image with a veto and struck it from the group gallery on the grounds of it not being a "street photo" saying that a street photo must have a person as the main subject of the image and that this image has too much of the focus on the street itself. I contested that an artist has complete creative control over the specified genre of an image, and if he(the artist) honestly contends that this image is a "street photo" than we or anyone for that matter have no business or right telling him that his stated genre is wrong. Especially with a genre so broad and with boarders so fuzzy as "street photography."
Now, I don't intend to bring up the topic of this image specifically,but photography genres in general. Are there defined lines? I believe lines are made to be crossed. Does anyone have any right to recategorize a work of art away from the artists original intention? Say "no, this isn't a street photo, it's an expressive portrait" or anything of the like.
Artistry is a medium of communication of thought, feeling, and emotion. And as a basis of such a communication one cannot expect that communication to effective translate to 100% of people and that contending that an image is falsely categorized simply means that the artists original thought, feeling, and emotion were ineffectively translated to you. Either by means of ineffective communication by the artist, or ineffective translation by the viewer, either way such a subjective thing as art i believe should never be constrained to such an objective thing and genre lines.
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