Why must a photograph be valued less than a painting. A portrait is a portrait, and both were made by artists who had a vision. Something they saw in their mind, and they had to realise, and capture. Whatever the medium used may have been.
So, why still, do you think the painting is more valuable?! Is it because you can see the visible evidence of each brushstroke that the artist made to create the painting? Is that what makes it feel more, real? More deserving of praise and value? If only it were possible for us, the photographers, to show you the myriad shades and hues, how many angles, line and arrangements, how many adjustments to the expression of the subject we have to make, before trying to capture that perfect photo, portrait, scene, whatever it may be. But, the truth is you won’t be able to see what I see, or the options or choices that I had to go through to make my work, mine. Individual. Unique (in its own way).
You will only see the photo, and you will see the brushstrokes on the canvas. You will imagine a button being pressed, and you will imagine a person toiling away for hours, smeared with paint and an ‘artistic’ intensity.
If only I could make you see, what I see.