Almost art – introducing my daily photo blog

Almost Art: Through flames
Through flames – Gustaf Adolfs torg – 15 Dec 2013

I have another blog. Actually I have several other blogs and websites, but I mean: I have another active blog besides this one. It’s called GBG365 which is short for Gothenburg (or Göteborg) 365 days. [No more – see my note at the foot of this.]

Daily photos

Almost art - Reflected roots
Reflected roots – Slätta damm – 31 Oct 2012

In September 2012 I started publishing a daily photograph from Gothenburg, mostly as a challenge to myself. I thought I might manage a few weeks. Rather to my surprise I’m now well into my second year. In celebration of which I’ve been looking through the images with a view to making a photo book: a coffee-table book of photos – almost art – from Gothenburg. Perhaps I might be able to sell it as a Christmas book.

Almost art - Chained in the snow
Chained in the snow – Gustav Adolfs torg – 28 Jan 2013

To be sure, with a camera and an Instagram app in every mobile phone, everyone’s a photographer now and the market for photo books may be disappearingly small. However, like GBG365, I’m thinking of it more as a personal challenge. Besides, my Mum would like a copy!

(Mum is disparaging. “I don’t think photography is Art,” she says. But she still wants a copy of my photo book.)

Almost art - Clothespegs on a line
Clothespegs on a line – Slottsberget – 26 Apr 2013

Photographic art

Is photography art? Really, I’m not sure.

There’s art in framing a picture in the camera and art in an appreciation of how light falls, how it illuminates and conceals. If you are, say, Cindy Sherman, there’s certainly art in composing your pictures and telling your stories – but I am not Cindy Sherman, nor was meant to be. (Though I admire her work.)

Almost art - A Karoliner at the Gate
A Karoliner at the Gate – Nya Älvsborg – 17 July 2013

Once I used to think the art of photography was in the developing process (which I was never very good at) and there is unquestionably art in photoshoppery, but I eschew that for the most part.

Almost art - The man (and the woman) from 3
Man/Woman from 3 – Kungsgatan – 12 Oct 2013

Almost art

My GBG365 photos are mostly as they came from the camera. I do pass them through Photoshop, but only to correct tone and contrast – occasionally colour – and to add my copyright. (Sometimes I make a small crop too.) At the same time, when I look at them afterwards, some of them strike me as resembling works of art. Hence the working photo book’s working title: Almost Art.

Almost art - Like polished copper
Like polished copper – Göta älv Stena ferry terminal – 30 Mar 2014

I may be flattering myself, but here, anyway, are a few of my favourite efforts. They are linked to their posts on GBG365 because it has better viewing software. [See below.] The full-size web images are 72dpi and 960px by 720px. Now 1920px by 1440px. (Compromising the images for Internet publication is something else I do in Photoshop). The original images are print-quality and 56cm by 42cm (A2 size).

Anyway, I hope you like these pictures. Tell me what you think – is a photo book an unrealistic dream?

[GBG365 is long dormant. Most of these photos can be seen larger and in better quality simply by clicking on them. Alternatively, some have appeared as Photos of the Week and the links will take you to those posts. Or you could visit my Images category. 19 Feb 2019]

Almost art - Blu reflected fragments
Blu reflected fragments – Sannegårdshamn – 14 May 2014

This article was written for the #Blogg52 challenge.

6 thoughts on “Almost art – introducing my daily photo blog”

  1. Could it be with photograhs like paint, it is art sometimes but not always? But who decides when it is art, would that be the artist och the spectator? I do think your photographs are art.

    • Thanks Eva. Yes I’m sure your right. Art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. I’m glad your eye likes my photos 🙂

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