8 Feb 2010
"A photographer is a witness. He has a moral duty. Every picture must be true and honest. I believe a photographer's strength is his ability to accurately record reality. There are photographers who think they are lucky if they find unusual or special subject. But it is never the subject that is so marvelous. It is how alive and real the photographer can make it."
--- Edouard Boubat - from Photo by Boubat, a film for Swedish television directed by Rune Hassner
"I capture reality, never pose it. But once captured, is it still reality? I've always tried to play with the false impression of reality, with the ambiguity of appearances. Things are what they seem to be, or maybe something else."
---- Richard Kalvar
I am interested in this dichotomy in the approaches of many photographers. Perhaps I don't have the skill to capture "reality" as it is. Perhaps it's just that I don't know what it is. Instead, I consider a camera a tool not to "capture" but to create. With new technologies and software, it is possible to extend that creative process further than ever. That presents some exciting possibilities. And a lot of very annoying pictures. These "imagined images" are some of my efforts to express in an image what I saw or thought I saw or wanted to see or simply imagined. They are all just photographs with some simple manipulation in post. Have I betrayed my "moral duty"? Are things what they seem to be?