I'm not so sure; that photograph is a beautiful example of interesting subject and damnd nice framing and capture.
I agree and admit my initial reply was a bit facetious.
I don't think any discussion of art used as a basis to criticise can be summarised in a 50 c fridge magnet. The whole basis of the thread to me is flawed.
A photograph, as in the physical thing itself, also has an artistic quality and to provide a 'timely reminder to the sharpness and technique fanatics on LuLa
' is not the way to start a thread in my view, particularly in relation to photography where the craft is as intimately a part of the process as the 'vision' (for want of a better word).
In some cases, the execution of fine craftmanship can be the art.
To be honest, I don't think LuLa has a problem with fanatics that requires any sort of timely reminder.
So my reply was a bit facetious in relation to hundreds of thousands of dollars given to an artist to design a hot air balloon to commemorate the centenary anniversary of Australia's capital city. The end result bears no relationship to Canberra and without an explanation, it does nothing to represent the centenary in any way.
As a piece of art, it fails the fridge magnet test but is still widely regarded as a piece of art (and a waste of money by many other people in the city).
So either the fridge magnet message is wrong, or it simply isn't sufficiently detailed enough to be used to criticise anyone. My bet is it isn't detailed enough. Art is much deeper then that and in many cases (eg. centenary hot air balloons) explanation may well be needed.
At the same time I have seen many prints (and have a couple hanging on the walls of my house) where the print itself has been masterfully produced and is a thing of beauty on its own. It's thanks to fanatics that these prints exist.
For me personally, the perfect marriage of a fine concept with masterful execution is the ultimate goal in my photography. Both are required for certain works.