January 14, 2012 by Dave, under Uncategorized.
One of these images is a photograph I took in Iceland in August 2010. The other is the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction (an image by Andreas Gursky that sold for $4.34 Million this past September).
And again below, one of these is a Gursky, the other an image I took of English Bay in Vancouver (also in 2010)
So does this make me a thief, a copycat, a world class artist? Truth is I wasn’t really familiar with Gursky’s work when I photographed either of these. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying these images are the same. The brilliance is often in the details and there’s a perfection in the angles and balance in both of these Gursky’s that perhaps isn’t as refined in my shots. I just found it interesting as I’ve been looking at Gursky’s work how much I identify with the way he sees the world through his camera. Maybe I’ve subconsciously been influenced by his work before I was familiar with it, maybe we’re kindred spirits… or maybe I’m just an idea thief.
- I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the value placed on the works artists create after having watched the film “The Great Contemporary Art Bubble” (highly recommended).
So what do you think? Do you see the difference in value between these images? Are my shots just cheap imitations of a master? Does it matter?
Drop a note in the comments – would love to hear your thoughts.