Ahhh...the age-old question of, "what is art?". It is not possible for two people or more to answer that question without getting into some kind of debate.
This is the question that my first art professor, Duane Preble at the University of Hawaii started out his Art 101 lecture with. There were 300 students in his lecture hall, so a short discussion of this took easily a half an hour. I can only conclude that there is no definitive answer to that question. He published a textbook for his class (Introduction to Art) which was aptly titled, "Man Creates Art Creates Man". Pretty cool title, don't you think?
Any guesses on what this image might be? Take some good guesses before you read on to see what it is.
Give up? If I didn't take the picture myself, I would have NO idea what the heck it is.
It's the inside of a plastic trash can that was in our dining room since our ceiling began to leak after the huge snowstrom dumped all that snow on our flat roof. The water must've met up with something that was iron; witness the 'rusted' patina in the bottom of the can. I only did a minimal amount of tweaking in Photoshop (fixed the contrast a bit so that it was more 'readable image' and a little bit of the accented edges filter).
So, can this image be called art?
You tell me.