I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

Started May 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
richarddd
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Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...
In reply to Great Bustard, May 26, 2013

All art is a distortion of reality.  Many people prefer art that distorts in a familiar way.

Consider recorded music.  Many prefer the euphonic distortion produced by vinyl records or tube amps to more accurate (which they'd call more clinical) sound.  OTOH, many claim compressed music sounds bad, yet almost no one can distinguish a properly compressed version from an original CD in a double blind test (everyone can easily distinguish in a not blind test).

It's said that recent forgeries of paintings are very hard to detect, because the differences from originals reflect the current aesthetic to the point we can't see them, while 100 year old forgeries are much easier to detect, because they are reflecting a now unfamiliar distortion.  A fish doesn't notice it's in water, but most of us would.

It's also possible that the quoted language reflected a desire to sound profound rather than anything genuine (cf. the Marshall McLuhan scene in Annie Hall).

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