Friday, 12 December 2008

Cleaning the Screen

On a cool evening after driving from Ilkley along the salted A65 this was taken on the back road from Clapham to High Bentham, North Yorkshire, UK. The trouble is the dirty windscreen. Who publishes a shot like that? But what if before taking the shot, the photographer had cleaned the windscreen? You know what I'm getting at, don't you? For how long does a windscreen stay clean? In this salted situation a clean windscreen indicates an untruth. So, is photography verité what we normally get? And, frighteningly perhaps, is the truth what we want?

Me, I can't understand why some people seem to prefer altered images. Given the option of viewing an unaltered photograph taken by a competent photographer, how can it be that a person might prefer to see that same image after it's been put through such a large number of processes, or a few big processes, that it bears really very little resemblance to the original?