Having the skills is no guarantee of success, but as long as assistive technology gives you the opportunity to turn every shot into a hit, the question of whether photography is art becomes irrelevant. The appreciation of art comes when the proportion of success remains infinitely small regardless of the level of skill.
The use of the analogue Leica M6 with a 35mm fixed focal length and 36 shot film showed me, in an rather amusing way, my own personal limitations in several situations: distraction at the crucial moment, being unprepared for the shot, and over-anxiously trying to verify the shot on the display which doesn’t exist on an analogue film camera.
However, I attained true happiness when aperture and shutter speed were occasionally correct by pure chance. I learned to say without being ashamed, “That was a lucky shot.”
It's not uncool to worship the God of fortune in order to avoid the film coming to the end at the decisive moment. Buttering up some shamans is worth a consideration if you want the captured image converting into a real nugget in the camera. By the way, ranting about autofocus is not cool. Messing up the focus is always your own fault.