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nagirock
2008-09-06 11:20:05
"Manipulated or not ? answers on a postcard...." from nagirock Contract pics
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The process of photography
I have read with interest and some feelings of deje vu the comments of simon3 and padodes regarding the 'manipulation' of digital photographs. Padodes makes his point succinctly and validly that there is no such thing as an "un-manipulated" digital image regardless of whether you shoot in RAW or allow the camera to post process. But I have to at last ask what is photography? Is it, as seems to be suggested here, simply a method of recording factual visual information, an accurate map of what the eye has seen with all of the colour and tonal information recorded in precise mathematical format? I will concede that it can be! But only very rarely, for instance in making a photograph of a painting, artefact or manuscript for accurate reproduction. But to my mind that is where that type of photography ends. At the very advent of the craft it was criticised for being just that, a method of recording without any artistic merit. Since then it has grown into an artistic medium and art is art for its own sake. But let us go back to the point on manipulation, this is not solely a digital thing. For years and particularly following the introduction of panchromatic b/w film photographers have been manipulating their images. Take for instance the simple addition of a red or yellow filter to the lens to increase the contrast between the sky and clouds, is this what padodes wants to discard? Imagine a world without the magnificent and Iconic landscape photography of Ansel Adams, a master of manipulation from camera to negative to print, all manipulated to see the world as he saw it in HIS mind, not as it was! Am I to throw away my polariser filter because the sky is not 'that' blue? And finally with regard to 'retouching' (EG removals or additions to an image) what is wrong with this? If the light on a beautiful green hill is perfect and our photographer composes his image perfectly but the sky is ruining the image, why not change it? Are you going to tell Monet or Van Gough that the world doesn't look like that? And all that rant was just about saying....THE PHOTOGRAPH STANDS ON ITS OWN MERITS......AND ASKS YOU, IS THIS BEAUTIFUL? if it is it is!
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