The sale of Andreas Gursky’s photograph “Rhine II” for over four million dollars at Christie’s in New York sparkled up heated debates in the art world. You can see the picture when you click on the link here: http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/gursky-the-rhine-ii-p78372. Many art critics rave about it, so it must be good, am I right? At the same time, however, many photographers and artists were not so enthusiastic about it; immediately they were accused of professional jealousy. I will not beat about the bush, I don’t like it and I am jealous! I would love to sell my pictures for a few millions each! All this debate made me think, what is art? I couldn’t find one precise answer to it. I know art plays an important part in our lives and it enriches us immensely. Can you imagine life without Da Vinci’s paintings or Greek sculptures or Roman frescos? All of these pieces of art influence our feelings and emotions. They do make us stop and stare. So what is art? Creative process allowing us to express ourselves? Or is it just form and content? Is the result of any manual skill an art? Is it enough to be able to paint a tree or a horse to be able to call oneself an artist? Or do we need a dose of meaning and sensuousness? The essence of art is rather elusive and no two people will have the same approach to art, for me however, art involves a dose of quality and beauty, although beauty doesn’t necessary need to be in its classical form. It is more than just a skill, as without some sort of aesthetic quality or when created only for practical reasons, it is craft, not art. A touch of imagination and creativity vital to draw an emotional response from the viewer, that’s an important part of art for me. So why doesn’t Gursky’s image speak to me? Not sure if it is because there is no focus point or the colours are washed out or I see no message there. I look at this image and think, I have a few images like that and I have never processed them as they are simply….boring. Luckily for Gursky, the image worked for the buyer, so now the owner looks at it hanging on his wall (he must have a massive house as the picture is over 3.5 metres long) but it works even better for the photographer, as he can read my blog (with a huge grin on his face, sitting in the most expensive hotel in Maldives or Seychelles sipping Dom Pérignon ’57) and say to me: LOOOOOSER!!!! So here is my offer for Christie’s Auction House: there is a portfolio of my five images that I am willing to sell for two million dollars each, cool ten millions for a really unique collection. What did one critic, Florence Waters say about “Rheine II”: …. “this image is a vibrant, beautiful and memorable – I should say unforgettable”….”for all its apparent simplicity, the photograph is a statement of dedication to its craft”…”the scale, attention to colour and form of his photography can be read as a deliberate challenge to painting’s status as a higher art form” – that’s exactly what my images presented here are!!! I am serious, or am I….?