For an assignment in English 327 at NDSU I have to create a photoessay, and in my essay I argue that photography is only as skewed of a form of reality as we perceive it to be. Take the image below for instance:
The intentions behind this image do not stray any further then an expression of art. The goal was to induce a sense of industrialism that could be grasped through the corrugation and the telescopic handler (the front loading looking fork lift). This image has been marked up with post production to lighten up and slightly dramatize the scene in which it is now synthesized into. It becomes a little more interesting with the attention to light, and the composition that still follows many of the standards for excellent photography. There is a leading line, good composition and rule of thirds. Not to mention that it plays with the reflecting light of external sources.
There is that but… There are many individuals who are out there that would state that this is ruining photography… You know something, I agree, but this is exasperating and redefining art. And I would rather be on the forefront in this incredibly competitive era of creativity and design, using my talents for photo illustrations, rather then staying behind with the times.
Call it what it is. Call a photograph a photograph, and a photo illustration[any manipulated image in order to enhance any feeling or provoked emotion (no matter what it is or how realistic)] a photo illustration. Be morally constrained to these two pieces and then both sides can be happy.
I think by telling people that this is an illustration and not a true photograph you can gain credibility, and resources as well as a following. A following that will not be disappointed when the dramatic becomes too dramatic, because they will know it has been touched up (I could write a whole photoessay on what is pure photography). I believe that people will give more credibility to those whom are acknowledging the difference between a photograph and photo illustration then not. I think it would allow people to be more accepting of what art evolving into, and what content is being demonstrated in the media and on channels of modern day communication.
People enjoy creativity, especially originality (if you do not believe that we are standing on the backs of giants). So they are willing to accept photo illustrations.What people don’t like is being lied to, especially in their face.
In the end in order to move with the times. Be creative, be innovative, but be truthful by not trying to deceive an audience. By doing that one can take the static and change it into the dynamic.