Paul Ross


Insight is to see beyond what is in front of us. It is to see meaning projected by our mind upon reality. Art, and photography in particular can capture images but only our mind can give that image unique meaning.


Is Photography an Art Form?

This is a question many have asked and for which there are many answers. My answer to this question is that art exist in the eye and mind of the person. It is a stimulus that the eye and mind either relate to or not. It is the processing of the visual stimulus by the mind that attaches meaning to the stimulus. The processes that underlie meaning begin with the inherent capacity to detect color, tone (shades of gray) and shape and upon these impose patterns that arise from our memory. And that is true for any medium used to represent visual stimuli.

The ability to form patterns is intrinsic to all animals. It is an adaptive mechanisms that animals need in order to survive. Some patterns are learned through experience, and others, at a more primitive level are wired into the nervous system. We see patterns in all kinds of things from the way clouds look to how our ancestors imposed shapes upon the clusters of stars in the night sky that we call the Constellations

Photography is a technical means for capturing images. It is analogous to the distinction we make between data and information. Data without interpretation by the analyst, has no value or meaning. Whereas, data when analyzed, is transformed into meaning. So to with modern digital photography. Digital photography is produced by abstracting digital data in the form of long strings of zeros and ones and then interpreted by the camera's computer into a visual image that we a can relate to.

If the photographer is intent on capturing images that contain color, tones and shapes that evoke patterns, then perhaps and if they evoke visual interest in the eye of the viewer, it is artistic. If not, then it is a documentary image. But that is not to say that documentary images cannot be artistic. Because even a documentary image can contain color, tone and shapes that evoke interesting visual patterns in the eye of the beholder beyond the obvious documentary content.

So, is Photography an Art form? It can be one and that judgement must come not from the photographer, but from the viewer.
Paul C. Ross


Morning in Alaska by Paul Ross


Colors of Iris by Paul Ross


Just Ducky by Paul Ross


Getting the Most From a Samll Engine by Paul Ross


Winter Grass by Paul Ross


FArm Window with paper wasp nest by Paul Ross


World Trade Center under construction by Paul Ross


Doggy in the window by Paul Ross


Nature's Way by Paul Ross


Waterfront San Francisco by Paul Ross


Sodona AZ by Paul Ross


Eastern White Tail Deer by Paul Ross


Surfs Up by Paul Ross


Egret on the Hunt by Paul Ross


Egret in Black and White by Paul Ross


Grand Canyon in winter by Paul Ross


Abandoned Farm Atlantic Coast by Paul Ross


Atlantic Ocean from Monhegan Island Maine by Paul Ross


Utah Mountains near Sun Valley 2003 by Paul Ross


Utah Mountains near Sun Valley by Paul Ross


Old Farm Building by Paul Ross


World Trade Center 1989 by Paul Ross


Sailing on the Hudson River by Paul Ross


Atlantic City July 3 2015 by Paul Ross


Sea Shell Rendered as Oil by Paul Ross


Blue Heron in flight by Paul Ross


Heron and turtle in Black and White by Paul Ross


Blue Heron in a tree by Paul Ross


Osprey on NJ Shore 2014 by Paul C Ross


Patterns in Nature in Black and White by Paul Ross


In Flight by Paul C Ross


After the Harvest by Paul Ross


The Web by Paul Ross


Seashore by Paul Ross


Fenced in by Paul Ross


Strutting Eastern Wild Turkey by Paul Ross


Surf Fishing by Paul Ross


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Fishing Pier by Paul Ross


Classic Ford Car by Paul Ross


American Farm1 by Paul Ross


Portrait of a Bird by Paul Ross


NY Skyline Absent the World Trade Center by Paul Ross


American Farmland by Paul Ross


Wild Turkey in all its glory by Paul Ross


World Trade Center from NJ Terminal by Paul Ross


American Kestrel by Paul Ross


World Trade Center 1999 by Paul Ross