Monday, 11 August 2008

Art, truth, and photography

Digital photography magazines are full of techniques that involve taking a sky from one picture, a foreground from another, and munging the two (or three, or six) things together to create the perfect shot. In short, they seem happy to discard the actual image in pursuit of the ideal image.

I recall watching an interview with Lord Lichfield, an enthusiastic supporter of digital photography, commenting that the technology allowed him to lie more convincingly (or was it more easily?) than film photography.

And so digital photography seems to be about art rather than truth, about telling a good story, regardless of what the reality may (or may not) have been.

Much like this blog, as it goes.

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