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It used to be that just making a photograph was a tough thing to do on a technical basis. Now, with auto-everything and digital captures, just about everyone can create a technically great image with everything from a smartphone to a ridiculously expensive digital camera. When everyone can make a technically acceptable photograph the photograph is no longer the end game. Whether we like it or not, if your artmaking includes a camera, the stakes have risen.
We may still be photographers, but we need to think of ourselves as an Artist with a Camera. Artists with a Camera to no longer look for the single photograph, but use multiple photographs, virtual exhibitions, text with images, sound with images and video capture, using all the software we can lay our hands on to communicate in the most creative manner to our audience. A few weeks ago I heard an artist say he didn't think he could consider himself an artist if he just made photographs. He felt his creative life needed to encompass more than one form of expression. He did photography for sure, but he also composed music, made drawings and sculpted. He felt that he needed multiple skills to fully express his art.
Photography is now the beginning point for the art we create.