“We are all captives of the picture in our head – our belief that the world we have experienced is the world that really exists. There is no common reality – only each individual’s reality, existing in each of our brains” Walter Lipmann
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One of those gray, overcast days … great – the perfect light for outdoors, close-ups, flowers – especially after it rained. Perfect for really saturated colours, no harsh, distracting shadows – Bad weather is good weather! Here, the white-ballance on my camera turned out to be a bit on the blue side. It could be easily adjusted, but I actually liked it that way. No so-called common reality in the world should stop you from creating your own – like Seinfeld, being master of your domain – creating your photo-graph. With a painting it’s almost always assumed that the artist changed and interpreted the subject. Alternatively, in photography we tend to believe that it is an exact recording of reality – nothing could be further from the truth. There is no common reality in the first place and chasing it is not only a waste of time, but also the end of creativity. If you want your sky to be green – green it is. And this is not a recent, digital trend. Since the invention of photography the trickery of pre- and post-processing has always been a major part of it. …try shooting through a piece of glass, smeared with vaseline…how about B&W, a major deviation from ‘reality’… Ansel Adams had no problem acknowledging his darkroom wizardry as a large part of his success. Let’s not be intimidated by fearful realists who lack imagination.
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