Sometimes I get a rather blunt and sneering criticism that there is no point in doing realistic paintings when one can always take a photograph. And then I reply, 'well, then what's the point in having sex when one can always masturbate?'
I see those sort of comments very often. People just want a handicap (especially on a site like this), so they will put down what they don't have. These are the same kind of people who look at someone else with envy and think, "well at least I'm smarter/prettier/good at something else, etc". They don't want to work hard and respect effort so they instead move the goalposts to comfort themselves. It's fucking disgusting.
I can sympathize with someone who doesn't aesthetically enjoy photorealistic paintings and prefers visible brushstrokes and such, but to disregard the technique and merit altogether is asinine to say the least.
I'm incredibly late to the party, but whoever says there's no point is nuts! It takes an amazing amount of skill to do the kind of art you do- and there's a beauty to it being art rather than just a photograph. I hope you don't get that as much anymore (since there'll always be at least that one snob, unfortunately) because my goodness, your work is breathtaking!
Why can't everyone just appreciate all the different forms of art and be supportive? v.v
Per your reply comment, I must agree. With the creation of actual art, you are not only showing your vast analytical view for the details that are before you, but making it something that absolutely can withstand far longer than the actual object. Granted, a photo does the same, but doesn't create it with the same passion for the actual creation over the boggling issue of time. It fully shows the love for what is there, rather than the quick, "let me remember this moment" situation that photography would give to something deemed small though could hold a tremendous level of importance further along in life. Like how masturbation gives you the quick release, but it doesn't give the grand experience and joy that actual sex offers. But, not knocking photography in general. Just knocking the "quick pic" over the true intimacy of/with/for the object and/or moment.
Now THAT'S one of the best replies I've ever heard I've got a friend who studies in the university of art in Milan, and she told me that some of the teachers think that if your art isn't abstract or something shapeless it doesn't count as "real" art, so I know the feeling too, even if my style isn't completely realistic ù.ù