Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.John Berger, Ways of Seeing
When you press the shutter on your camera you capture a fleeting moment; and when you share the photograph with others you share that moment. You can choose to share it just as you saw it, you can tidy it up a bit (straighten a horizon, lighten the image), or you can edit it more extensively. If you play around with a photo enough, it will end up very far from where it started. And yet, that ‘trace’ of the subject that Berger refers to will always be there; a trace of that moment remains.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge, ‘You Pick It!’, I want to share some pictures created using the Enlight Photofox app, which allows blending of multiple images and offers lots of special effects. None of these are true representations of what I saw when I pressed the shutter, of course. But elements of the scene before me at that point can be traced within them. I find them fun to do and interesting to look at, and I would argue that they are at the same time an interpretation of its subject and a trace of it.
I hope you enjoy them too – I’ll be interested in your feedback. Use the comments box below to let me know your favourites. Or feel free to tell me you hate to see photos manipulated in this way!
Click on the images to view as a slideshow