Consider your practice in relation to this topic’s presentation and reading. How does truth, reality and authenticity feature in your research project?
Select a single image from your project and post it to the forum below, along with a short explanation. You may wish to mention technical choices, methods and workflows, or research may play an important role for you. Your practice may make an effort to convey a realistic narrative around a subject, or questioning reality through your practice may be a strategy for exploring notions of truth, reality and authenticity.
In my project I am looking at our relationship with the countryside and the effect our surroundings have on how we feel and behave. I want my photographs to be immersive and engage the viewer to try and give them a sense of what I am seeing, feeling, and thinking through the narrative of the image. Consequently, I want the images to be realistic and authentic to give a more genuine aesthetic to the photographs.
While exploring new Ideas I took this image using Google Street View:
AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY: Reflection
Consider how your ideas around photography’s relationship with reality and truth might have changed as your practice has evolved:
· Has image manipulation ever been a significant part of your practice – professional or otherwise? Have you ever questioned this? Do you have a particular stance?
Image manipulation plays a very significant part of in my practice as I shoot everything in RAW then edit in Lightroom before saving to Jpeg. As my background was from Professional photo labs I am used to ‘manipulating’ images, as we used to add colour and density corrections to negatives when producing prints. I think of Lightroom as a ‘digital darkroom’ and am just adjusting my ‘digital negatives’ (as I think of my RAW files), to create the ‘correct’ look of my images to make the subject look the same in the finished photograph as it looked when I took the original shot. Of course, sometimes a bit of ‘artistic licence’ does come into play to ‘enhance’ an image to make a scene look more how you would have liked it to have looked, rather than the reality of what it actually was, for example, recent shots of autumn landscapes where I have increased saturation to bring out the colours more.
· Have you ever, as Sontag put it, "designed events to be photographed"? Have you ever been aware that your presence, with a camera, had a direct influence on a turn of events which might otherwise not have happened?
The only example I can think where I have done this is when taking publicity shots for a singer/ songwriter friend of mine and we have staged a scene specifically for the photo shoot.