I recently posted this (not very special) photo elsewhere on Photo.net and mentioned that the building in the background was designed by Frank Ghery and that I liked his style of architecture. Another poster responded that he felt that better structures could be designed by a child and that he preferred more practical structures. OK. We can all agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that our tastes differ. Yet, I found it interesting that someone who is interested in photography, which is certainly an art, would be more concerned with practicality than with creativity and demean the work of someone like Ghery which many consider to be at the highest level of architectural design. Given today's gear, it's pretty easy to take a technically perfect picture of a rose for strictly documentary purposes, if one wants to photograph a rose simply to show what a rose looks like. Nothing wrong with that as far as I'm concerned. It's certainly practical. With no architectural training at all, I can draw a picture of a box with windows and call it a building. No, I don't pretend to know the technical construction details needed to keep that building from falling apart, but the design would be practical. There sure are enough buildings like that around to prove the point. However, I don't believe that I (or many of us) have the skill to design buildings that would in any way be critically acclaimed by the architectural community. I don't believe that my grandchildren have that skill (at least not yet) either. The quality of my photo wasn't criticized and I'm not taking the comment personally as that didn't seem to be the other poster's intent. I didn't take the photo to be creative/artistic, but just because I liked the building and wanted to share it with those unfamiliar with Ghery's work. Yet that comment begs the question as to whether art (and who can argue that architecture is not an art at Ghery's level) should be practical or creative (or both, for that matter) I'd enjoy hearing your thoughts as to practicality vs creativity in art, be it photographic or architectural.