FOTO EPIC

With the advent of digital imaging the scope for creativity in photography is without limit and a discussion on this subject is now more than appropriate. Creativity needs to be seen in its historical context. Ever since the inception of photography there has been the false assumption that photography depicts reality. This is far from the truth. For several decades only black and white photography existed, although everything photographed was in colour as the world is in colour. The black and white images hardly depicted reality and the photographer had to interpret the world in colour in black, white and shades of grey.

In the modern world the colour passport photograph is probably the best example of photography purporting to depict reality, but does it? Most would admit it to be the least flattering way of presenting a portrait as most facilities for taking passport photographs have the camera far too close to the face, which produces a distorted perspective with a large nose and small ears. Immigration officers hardly ever see faces at such close quarters and must need considerable skill to spot the likeness. In this day and age it is not a good example of depicting reality.


  • 1. Difficulty....

    In prototype shots, this relates to motion, l....

    25 Jun 2016 10:00

  • 2. Lighting

    In photography, light is law. It is the only ....

    25 Jun 2016 10:00

  • 3. Composition....

    The arrangement of the forms within the photo....

    25 Jun 2016 09:59

  • 4. Impact

    This is best explained by the "I wish I'd tak....

    25 Jun 2016 09:59

FOTO EPIC

With the advent of digital imaging the scope for creativity in photography is without limit and a discussion on this subject is now more than appropriate. Creativity needs to be seen in its historical context. Ever since the inception of photography there has been the false assumption that photography depicts reality. This is far from the truth. For several decades only black and white photography existed, although everything photographed was in colour as the world is in colour. The black and white images hardly depicted reality and the photographer had to interpret the world in colour in black, white and shades of grey.

In the modern world the colour passport photograph is probably the best example of photography purporting to depict reality, but does it? Most would admit it to be the least flattering way of presenting a portrait as most facilities for taking passport photographs have the camera far too close to the face, which produces a distorted perspective with a large nose and small ears. Immigration officers hardly ever see faces at such close quarters and must need considerable skill to spot the likeness. In this day and age it is not a good example of depicting reality.