Artwork or Photography

Into the Gallery I went,

I walked slowly around the room

Studying each painting intently,

The images of Nature,

Portrayed in oil on canvas.

Each one brought feelings to me,

Feelings of the wonder of Nature.

I approached the last painting

And stopped.

Surely this is not right!

Why is there a photograph there

There sitting on the wall?

But no,

It was a painting.

A painting of such intricacy

That the lion looked real to me,

It was real, real on the canvas.


Up the stairs I went,

Into another gallery,

A gallery of photographs.

Each one a finalist

In a National Competition.

All were so good,

And once more I stopped.

Surely this is not right!

Why is there a painting there

Sitting on the wall?

But no,

It was a photograph,

A photograph of such wonder

That the albatross looked painted,

Painted from the photographers eye.





  • Goldfinch60

    The Lion was painted by Anthony Gibbs.

  • Michael Edwards

    There is much debate in the art world about painting in the style of photorealism. The argument often heard is that you might as well take a photo.
    There is undoubted skill in painting in this style but from an artists perspective (well certainly from mine) there is no soul in it – there is nothing of the artist in it, there is no artistic interpretation. I would go so far to say it is not the work of an artist but of an artisan practising (very skilfully) a craft.
    Well having got that off my chest I much enjoyed your poem Andy.

    • Goldfinch60

      I can certainly see where you are coming from Michael, there is certainly no part of the artist in the painting except his skill. As you are aware I appreciate all types of art but my favourites are the Pre-Raphaelites which again show extraordinary skill, especially William Holman-Hunt, in their works.
      Again as you know I enjoy modern art including Mark Rothko, Gustav Klimt and Michael Edwards.
      I am glad you enjoyed the poem - Thank you Michael.

      • Michael Edwards

        Gosh - up there with MR and GK - some accolade although not sure it's deserved. The Pre-Raphaelites are different. Although they are painting in a photorealist manner they are depicting scenes entirely from an artistic imagination and not reproducing a factual photographic image.

      • 2 more comments

      • orchidee

        A fine write and pic Gold.

      • orchidee

        Yes, I've seen some stunning paintings and photos of animals too.

      • Candlewitch

        dear Andy,

        thanks for the comment from the author! both poem and comment are stunning!

        *hugs, Cat

        • Goldfinch60

          Thank you Cat, good to hear from you again.

          • Candlewitch

            I had a replacement surgery on my left knee a couple of months ago. I was in the hospital for 2weeks and then sent to a physical therapy rehabilitation facility for a few months. it is very good to be back here again! recovery is slow and painful but I'm stubborn and intend to make it through 🙂

            *major hugs, Cat

          • 1 more comment

          • Fay Slimm.

            A most interesting read of your visit to both oil and photography work Goldi - - - both can find a place in modern society and your awe at such skill comes over so well - thanks for sharing it.

            • Goldfinch60

              Thank you Fay, you are right both are well worth appreciating.

            • Neville

              an interesting series of observations that will no doubt give rise to many subsequent questions and opinions.. I have one but am gonna keep it to myself.. nice poem tho

              • Goldfinch60

                Yes you are right Neville, what is life without opinions and questions, my daughter is an artist and we very some enlightening debates on types of art, I believe I have a wider appreciation of art than she does and she is the one that opened my mind to so much art.

                • Neville

                  it would be very dull indeed...

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