What Is Art?

Art is, in my opinion, so subjective.  Why else can one painting, or photograph be deeply loved and wholeheartedly hated at the same time depending on who's looking upon it.  This is the beauty of art really.  To me, art is meant to reveal.  Whether it be a story of the individual or the story of a whole people group. It reveals the current collective human condition as well as little details about the individual. In doing so help facilitate an emotional reaction.  This reaction can insight reaction and change the trajectory of culture. Or it can simply, but equally important,  bring about memories of that person(s) in the photograph or memories of a specific time period in the viewers' life. 

This is why I’m a photographer. 

What about you? When you hear the word art, what is it that comes to mind?