This is an impossible question to fully answer because there are plenty of grey areas and varying opinions. It is not a complete answer that I hope to give, but a more generic response. I do think there is value in the answer.
|Wood Tear - Tehachapi, California|
Many people call themselves photographers but do not create art. For many years I was one of those photographers. I did not understand vision. I did not understand art. I did not know how to create a great photograph.
|Seven Old Trees - Mountain Mesa, California|
If I captured a great photograph, it was merely by chance. I could not orchestrate a great image. I was documenting, but not interpreting. I was not creating. I did not make art.
|Summer Mow - Tehachapi, California|
At some point I began to have ideas. I began to envision what photographs I wanted, and then set out to create them. This is not an easy task, but it is essential. Without seeing first, one cannot create anything of meaning.
|Faith In The Sand - San Diego, California|
A good exercise is to explain the meaning of your images. While you can do this by yourself, it can be helpful to have an unbiased person listen to your explanations and provide feedback.
|Wheat Grass - Tehachapi, California|
Photography is a from of non-verbal communication. Photographs say something. What do your photographs say? If you are not actively inserting the message when composing the image, it may say something like "I'm boring" or "don't waste time looking at me" or "I'm all over the place" or some other message that you never intended. As much as you can, you want to control the message that your photographs convey.
|Cinder Blocks - Victorville, California|
Be a creator of art. Use your imagination and have a vision. Push yourself to place a voice in your images.