wrestlervic saidYour thoughts?
Before photography, the artist controlled all the elements of the image. Complete fantasies could be created, the ugly made beautiful, the good morphed into evil or vice versa, the non-existent made real.
Photography promised to bring an objective reality, the unblinking eye of the lens. But that lens was at first only black & white, not the world most of us know, and could suffer from optical distortions and trick effects, that today through evolved technology are no less inventive than the painter's brush.
Plus, as shutter speeds increased, the camera could freeze and capture inopportune and unflattering moments that the human eye, always seeing life in motion, could never perceive. As an instrument of scientific study the freeze-frame is priceless; as a comment on life it is misleading, because it reveals a reality that we humans ourselves can never see or experience. Informative, yes, but insightful, not necessarily.
Yes, a person blinks his eyes, that the camera sometimes captures. But my own eyes never see that, just a flutter of the lids, and what I see in person are his open eyes, my own reality of him. My life frozen in the context of a thousandth of a second is not me; that would be my corpse. My life in motion, moving through time, that would be me, until the final day I stumble & fall, and time moves on without me.