Heh! Another "Interesting POTN Discussion"!
I agree that the OP doesn't need to waste energy on an individual who calls him/herself an "artist", and then to waste our energy by ranting about it!
That being said, we've had some very interesting discussions here with some pretty accomplished and insightul photogs about what consitutes a photograph as "art", what criteria?
One or two people will actually go as far to say that most photography is not art. It may be documenting an interesting scene, event, people, but it's more about the craft and vision of that documentation process, but falls short of what at least these folks consider "art".
For my "work", I dunno. I've spent a lot of time shooting what gets called "fine art" photography, although for me it first requires that NATURE be the "artist" for much of my shooting, whether it be a cool landscape scene, a beautiful flower, a macro of a very cool bug...or, maybe I'm looking to catch "scenes" and "character" in my street photography or event photography, waiting for something that meets my criteria as "interesting" or whatever...
It should be said that we've seen some serious disagreements in these discussions, so you might consider them "futile", but I have had my thought processes stirred up numerous times.
I do not at this point consider myself an "artist", maybe never will, but I do seek to open myself up to "creative vision" and I do look for good "subject matter"!
I think my whole issue with the "is it art" debate is that whatever side I end up on, I can't really say that it matters.
It's like, if I question if something is art and then I come to the conclusion that it is art, so what? Being "art" doesn't mean it's good, right? Being "art" doesn't mean that there's any kind of value to it, does it?
Alternatively, I could question if something is art and then decide that no, it is not art. Again...so what? Not being "art" doesn't really mean that it's not cool as hell. Not being "art" doesn't mean that it doesn't have value or serve some kind of useful purpose.
So, to the question of "is this art?" Yes/no/maybe, is that even a meaningful question? Does it even matter whether or not it's art? I'm sort of leaning towards NO. I think the far better question is if it's any GOOD, what purpose it serves, what value it has.