Tuesday, September 15, 2015
I attempted to explain my core approach to photography visually with the goat image but that may have been incomprehensible or seemed blithe. I went to the image after writing a treatise that was so long that no one would read it. So here it is in its simplest form. Straight photography has an uncanny simulacrum to visual reality but it is full of misleading information. (See Susan Sontang and the many tomes on the topic). This ambiguity and it's surreal implications are best demonstrated and explored in minimally post processed images. The heavily post processed images currently popular risk obscuring the ambiguity and uncertainty by making it plain to the viewer that the image is "photoshopped" and thus (apparently) more a product of the photographers imagination than of visual reality.