A question that launched another firestorm on DeviantArt due to an abstract piece being put into the limelight on the front page. So I ask you all, what is art? To me art must meet at least one of the following 3: Conveys emotion or meaning Takes skill to produce Is done in a creative way Of course, if you didn't create it, it isn't your art at all. (The picture in question is just like my one 'abstract' piece, otherwise known as the 'oops, i accidently hit the shutter button and took a neat looking picture') I do not consider photography to be art at all, as much as I love taking pictures. The landscape, the sea, the clouds, the rays of light and other scenery were not my creations, whether you find them to be natural beauties, the creations of mother earth, or the art of God, either way the photographer isn't creating them, but rather storing the image for future reference and admiration. The role is one of a conservator, not one of an artist. Knowing what would look decent in a picture isn't really a part of art, but rather a craft. There is possibly an argument for the post-production side of things since it does take an artist's eye to pick out details to change. Anyway, just letting out a little steam and an idea. What do you think?