We like to think of photos as capturing a little moment of the world around us, a reality freeze frame. With the digital photography revolution, it has become even simpler to constantly carry a camera and snap a picture. Along with the ease of photography has come the ease of image manipulation, which brings us to our question today. Is there a such thing anymore as a plain, unfiltered, unaltered photographic image? Between filters, effects, and re-touching, just to name a few, photos now are tweaked before display, even instantly via many a cell phone app or camera tool.
But, on a more philosophical note, can we really say that technology has changed the art of photography all that much, or just the tools? A photograph was never really exactly a perfect representation of the real world as seen in person. The field of view is limited, the point of view pre-selected, the light collected by an imperfect lens, and then the film must be developed carefully. Techniques to modify and alter images aren’t exactly new (tune in later to see more about this).