Artistic Reality

November 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

These photos of Ashley are actually two modifications of the same original photo. Neither version accurately depicts the original reality. One image is been flipped horizontally, and the other has been converted to black & white with the red and orange channels desaturated. Which do you like better?

Some "purist" photographers believe photos should depict the original subject as accurately as possible. Others have embraced digital post-processing and prefer to be called artists. One amazing creative even prefers the title, "visual engineer" (Von Wong). Is one approach better than another? I think not. I've seen true-to-reality photos that are amazing, and I've seen composited or engineered images that are also amazing. Different photos are created for different reasons, with different processes, and for difference audiences. In my opinion, no specific position on this topic is a sword worth falling on. Each to their own! We can choose to entrench ourselves in our own viewpoints, or we can get to work honing our craft.

~ Kris

P.S. While I like both images, I happen to prefer the black & white version...


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