Do we get too obsessed by "real"?

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Chris LL New Member • Posts: 15
Re: I think distinguishing real and fake is important

I see your point but I think you're setting yourself (and the rest of us) to fail.

ALL photographs are fake, in that they are merely images; reflections of reality rather than reality itself. Even simple cropping or exposure adjustments can profoundly affect the image.

I think 'real' is an unhelpful term though. I do agree that it can be a problem if people think a photo is an accurate representation when it is not - a big problem in the fashion and beauty industry. But the genie is out of the bottle. Deep. But I think the answer lies with the viewer. If we start thinking of photos in the same way as we do paintings, the problem goes away - partially at least.

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