For the last several years, I've been searching for something more to photography than photography. While looking at the work of some early 20th-century German painters called The Blue Rider, which includes my all-time favorite artist, Wassily Kandinsky, I came across this journal entry by August Macke. Somehow it hit home.
"A work of art is a parable, it is man's thought, an autonomous idea of an artist, a song about the beauty of things; a work of art is the noble, differentiated expression of man who is capable of something more than merely saying: 'Isn't that beautiful!'"
The first part of Macke's thought is easy for me. I often have troubles getting past the "Isn't that beautiful."