Beauty as an Experience of Life
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Beauty as an Experience of Life is a faux museum exhibit that addresses the use of photography as a means of recording and preserving memories from our personal lives. It emphasizes the development of the Kodak Camera in the early 20th century that allowed for a new genre of personal "snapshot" photography. An album tucked away beneath attic floorboards is not intended to be viewed by strangers as a work of art hanging in a museum. It is simply a collection of photographic reminders of the beautiful people, relationships, or experiences in our lives. Because we are a visual culture we feel a need to translate these ephemeral moments into something tangible. So what is the actual work of art, the experience or the photo that visually connects us to it? Placed in a museum setting, it would appear that the images, the objects, the pictures that we see are the artworks. Thus we are left with the question; can it be beautiful, can it be art, if it cannot be labeled and put on display?