Have you ever thought of the photos you take—even with your cell phone—as a spontaneous expression of your creativity? Sociologist Richard Christopherson says, “In terms of numbers and participants, photography may be the greatest folk art of all time.”

Folk art refers to art made by ordinary people—creative expressions that are made by people who would probably never call themselves Artists.

Every single photograph is a visual statement made by someone. Every picture adds to the folk art of snapshot photography.

Through even the most basic snapshot, you contribute to the vast archive of thousands of years of human creative expression.