Fine art photography is photography created in line with the vision of the photographer as artist, using photography as a medium for creative expression. The goal of fine art photography is to express an idea, a message, or an emotion. It is not about capturing what the camera sees; it is about capturing what the artist sees. The artist uses the camera as a tool to create a work of art, revealing the vision of the artist and making a statement of that vision rather than simply documenting the subject before the lens, where the photographs are not substantially altered after capture.
Monochrome (black and white) fine art photography is about provoking emotion; making the viewer's soul vibrate at the view of the masterfully handled gray tones in the image. It is about recreating the world by using symbols - which are the shades of gray in a monochrome photograph.
Photo Derivatives are images or composites created from photos that have been substantially altered after capture, using a variety of techniques and tools. Artwork derived from photographic elements extends the medium beyond the range of a single photograph, opening the door for creative expression.