The Painterly Image

Creating a photograph with a “painterly” effect can have various meanings. For some it refers to the photographic technique or style of the image. For others it’s about creating a photograph that looks like a painting. But what most photographers who talk about creating painterly images seem to agree upon is the goal of capturing what they truely see, or perhaps more accurately what they are experiencing as they capture an image. In effect, the final painterly effect is a more valid measure of their inner vision then the “realistic” image the camera has captured.