Do we get too obsessed by "real"?

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Re: Do we get too obsessed by "real"?

Tom Caldwell wrote:

I find that not all photographs can be successfully manipulated into ”Art” and not all styles of art suit every photograph.

For every one that can make an “arty” image there are many failures.

Of course like all representations of an image they are not to everyone’s taste, nor would I expect them to be so.

There is also the representation where photographic realism is such that for a moment it is not obvious that any post processing gas happened. Over the top often looks just that.

But one might also wonder if little visual clues that the image has been post-processed is a happier result than the heavy processing of a raw file that looks perfect but isn’t truly real.

The side benefit is that photographic art tends to encourage re-seeing the capture composition in the same manner that a true artist might “see”. Leaving some detail out and highlighting what the artist wishes their audience to see.

I find that you cannot make a poorly composed photograph better by trying to turn it into art. Just as much as a poorly composed painted image might also struggle.

You still have to get the basic composition right or you're just polishing a turd.

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