I just finished the art history class at Kahn Academy. During the first lesson, the instructor defined an artist as, “someone who is particularly insightful about their own cultural moment.”
I find that definition to be a bit restrictive. I think an artist is someone who expresses themselves in a creative way or someone who has a unique perspective on the world around them and shares that perspective with other people.
I have a tendency to find beauty in the mundane and my favorite form of expression is photography. As you can see, I will take photos of random flowers, animals, and even bugs.
I don’t think my photography says anything about my “cultural moment.” I think it just reflects on how much beauty is in the world and my attempt to share that beauty with others.