Editing pictures certainly seems to have come up a lot recently. I have a few things to say.
- Technically, if you want to know the truth, most of my photos are “retouched”. Picasa by Google has a button called “I’m feeling lucky” that does some good things to colors and contrast and I usually will hit this before I post a picture.
- What is a picture anyways? Its certainly not “reality”. I mean we don’t even ever experience technical reality. Our eyes and all their complicated mechanisms and our brain always process “reality” before we are able to perceive it.
- Since a picture is not “reality”, but rather something close, at what gradation of “closeness” does it actually cease to respresent what we would consider “reality”?
- If I take a picture does it make it any less realistic if I tweak a few things? How about if I change a lot of things?
When I get some time I’ll post some side-by-side images of before and after to give you a better idea of what I’m talking about.
On a separate note, I saw a good talk last night by Robert Jensen, professor of journalism at the University of Texas, Austin on white privledge and institutionalized racism. I particularly enjoyed him saying
“George Bush is the poster child for unearned white privledge in America”
The great thing about that quote is that it is true wholly separate of his policy, so it’s something everyone can agree on! Yeah!
Allright, now I have to finish getting ready to teach in 35 minutes.