There is this interesting perception that for something to be real "ART" it must say something, show something, more than just the a beautiful image of ink on the page or the pigments on the canvas. In essence, great art must have an agenda....
I attended a display of 100 great photographs each with a 1-2 page printed text explaining why the image was so "great" according to art experts.
I almost hesitate to point out that there are some artists who feel that an image than needs a long textual explanation really isn't that successful an image.
If great "ART" needs to be explained to viewers, then the people writing the explanations have become more important than the artists creating the art, have they not? Or to quote from Rory Stewart in "The Marches". "What something meant: all the power lay with the people who could intepret the meaning of the pieces!" How condescending, to tell all viewers they need to have art intepreted for them by .............
Just imagine, one might be able to duct tape a banana to a wall, and call it great art, and price it at $120,000 - Oh, that's right, that's all ready been done!!
Like @Dracula, I am an amateur photographer, who photographs for the shear joy of being somewhere noteworthy, worth seeing and capturing, and I am not willing to do it poorly.
I have seen the work of professional photographers, and painters, and most of them are superb practitioners. But like amateurs, they recruit from the human race, and some are not so fastidious.
Less talk about tools and techniques, and messages; let me see the images and decide their value to me, for myself.
I can buy bananas cheaply at Kroger's.
I hesitate to point out that tools don't make artists, artists use tools to create art.
I have many images shot with my iPhone that I find sucessful, and will print nicely at 16x20 - a size bigger than I often need. I have made a number of 16x20 images with point and shoot cameras - properly done, they can look gorgeous.
I don't question an artist about the tools he/she uses. I want to see some of their creations.
I never asked what hammers were used to build my house, or what wrenches were use to fabricate my cars...