Aleen Mean

On Creating

Photo by Steve McCurry

“But what do you want to create?”

I’ve been asked the question a dozen times since my post summarizing 2013. My answer is always some variation of, “I want to take beautiful pictures. I want to write inspiring sentences. I want to make non-annyoing music.” I don’t want to draw better or learn how to paint. Maybe someday, but not for years and years to come. My creations are different than that.

I have a dear friend who is an extremely talented artist in the way that people think of artistry: he draws and colors his pictures using a variety of media. He recently told me that photography is not art. After all, he explained, the only thing you need to do is point a camera at the subject and press a button.

I look at the picture above and wonder how anyone can think such a thing.