Why Image Manipulation is Nothing New...
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
— Gilbert K. Chersterton

Why do we bind ourselves by the reality of the world? Is not the creation of our world nothing more than first a thought wave made by man, and acted upon in the real world, bringing his ideas forth? Must we limit the capabilities of our possibilities by limiting the images we create as photographers? 

 

I've found a *slight* issue amongst a small section of the artistic industry, specifically in photography - a section as old as art itself, reserved for purists, journalists, and well-meaning people with deep convictions surrounding topics regarding body size, art-ethic, journalism, the creative process, and more... all opinions, to me, unfounded and broken of restraint by the freedom of creativity and creative expression in our world. Can we use our light-nets to capture something more important than reality? Can we help others see something that wasn't there before?

 

There’s a problem with editing the way you did, because it’s not realistic. You shouldn’t do that.
— Anonymous Facebook Poster

I find it often when I create and publish a new image on my Facebook page. With a large audience, it’s nearly impossible to avoid the opinions of many - many who are well meaning and hold deeply rooted convictions about the aforementioned issues, and more, that I listed above.

 

We are at a cross section in creative technology and interconnected, worldwide networking that has created a void for purism - and a MASSIVE opportunity for creativity to flourish. And on a day-to-day basis, I see this flourishing diminished, little by little, in the comments of a Facebook page, the responses to an Instagram post, the response thread of a blog.

 


Here’s the thing:

Photographic manipulation is as old as photography itself. In fact, the pioneers of photography we’re even MORE prone to experiment with the images they created, with the first . These pioneers didn’t limit themselves because they saw so much more to the reality you and I know. Could it be the same, with the images we create on our Photoshop canvasses today, that our vision of future reality, the beauty to come, extends beyond what we might know at this moment?

An 1851 panoramic showing San Francisco from Rincon Hill by photographer Martin Behrmanx. It is believed that the panorama initially had eleven plates, but the original daguerreotypes no longer exist. (Wikipedia)

An 1851 panoramic showing San Francisco from Rincon Hill by photographer Martin Behrmanx. It is believed that the panorama initially had eleven plates, but the original daguerreotypes no longer exist. (Wikipedia)

 

Why are we as photographers allowing ourselves to listen to an ill-created, creativity diminishing section of the population who aims to limit what our minds can create and what our bodies can produce? We have the opportunity NOW to show MORE than reality to MORE people. 

Could the convergence of cultures, the blending of the many deep rhythms of the societies of the world, the ability for a single photograph to unify people - could these things be the future of our society? Could they be bad?

 


Image manipulation is old news. Don’t diminish creativity and don’t listen to individuals who want less for you. Go and create. 

Today, tomorrow, 10 years from now, for a lifetime, create - and don’t for one second believe that you should ever limit yourself, because the world needs your vision. The world needs more than reality. And now, more than ever, you have the opportunity to go after it. 

What do YOU think about image manipulation? Let us know in the comments below!

 
 

I'm on a mission to show that the light will always pierce through the darkness.