In short, what would they think of farm, dutch tanks ? Unsophisticated child's play that is focused on cheap gimmicks of color and novelty, rather than focusing on higher values of overall design/organization/composition, understanding of natural order, subtle composition etc. (exaggerated to show the point in a short passage)
tell us how you "really" feel!
ok ok, at risk of being labelled as a troll for taking things out of context, i will have you and anyone else who may misunderstand my post that i did read yours a few times over and actually sat on it for a while to figure out what bothered me on my first reading.
i first thought, oh you dismissed lowly plant growers and i was going to write a post about the importance of farming, who knows nature better than the farmer, but thats not right. industrial farming has taken nature out of the equation.
then, i thought, was it the aristocracy vs the commoners? the elitist i have time for artistry take? no, clearly, we all have some time for this hobby.
perhaps its the glaring spotlight on my own lack of observance for the finer points of art. i think thats it. if I'm to grow, I should not get defensive over the obvious note on my deficit.
but no, i think i figured it out. i think its the eastern view that the west is uncultured swine
readers, please note the emoji.
a dutch scape, or western gardening should probably not be dismissed as mere man controlling nature, err, well perhaps you do have that one right.
but to lump dutch scapes and western gardens into not understanding composition, childs play, to not be sophisticated, and by extension, dare i say, to lack artistry may be a little broad of the brush?
im no fan of the "rules" of dutch scaping contests and i have no intention of making such a tank either, but i do think there is a painstaking attention to design and composition. there is definitely an art to, and many a cultured scholar have spent hours of their life down, such an impractical time sink.
likewise, i would argue that you have spent a bit of time in the composition and much nuances can be observed in your farm tank. which is why it evokes such joy from me when i view it. it is pleasing to the eyes of many, and by simple human nature, that is usually not possible if composition was not considered.
i see the labor, time, and effort that went into it. it is so much more than just a farm tank, evolved into "scape" even if not termed a such, and definitely not childs play. let any regular hobbyist even try to replicate it or its "style" and they will find it quite a challenge. you have imparted your artistry into it whether you intended it or not.
and, i entirely understand you were just expressing the views of others when you said that quote above, and you do a very fair job of highlighting certain "tunnel visions" to borrow from your writings, but i felt that i had to point out that particular bit of tunnel vision too just in case you were getting swayed that way.
perhaps at the end of it all, i'm just railing against traditional, structured concepts vs free, expressive ones that are not definable by terms. (said the guy who spews silly haikus in his journal, what irony) merely one pebble of opinion against a river of movement.
like modern fusion eateries, if the food tastes good, it is great food
if the view is pleasing, it is a great scape.