What makes it art?

The golf ball photos I posted earlier are one example of ‘seeing the unseen’. Here’s a very different take on the idea: photos of people looking at things, were we can’t see what they’re looking at. I saw this in the Guardian Magazine one week (on one of the very rare occasions I buy a copy these days) and was intrigued,

(a) because I can see what the photographer is doing; I, too, observe things like this and think “isn’t it funny how many people do such-and-such”, and

(b) because like so many times when I’m at a gallery or exhibition I find myself thinking “what makes this art?”

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© WassinkLundgren 

You can see more of the work, and indeed read the short article, here.

The photographer, Thijs groot Wassink,works as one of a pair of photographers with Ruben Lundgren. They have quite a range of projects displayed on their website. I enjoyed the photobooth photos, taking a snapshot of whatever’s going on outside the photobooth by simply using a mirror.

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© WassinkLundgren

This project’s interesting, too: working together, they do street photography where they both shoot the same subject at the same time, getting a slightly different perspective.

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© WassinkLundgren

But I can’t deny that the attraction of some of their projects is a mystery to me.


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