Reality or Fantasy?

Has anyone else noticed how some photographers try to make their photos look like computer graphics and some graphic artists try very hard to make their work look like photographs? Here’s an example.  Have a look at these 24 images.  Are they photos or graphic images created on a computer? Don’t get me wrong.  I really admire Gretchen’s work but it does look, to me, like the images could be used in a computer game. And then there’s the glamor photos you see in magazines. The plastic people, as I like to call them.  The retouching is so overdone, in my opinion, that they look stiff. As though they are animations instead of real people.

So as graphic artists try to create reality and photographers try to create fantasy the viewer is left to admire the work of both and wonder which it is.  Can anyone really continue to question whether or not photography is artistic expression and not just documented moments in time? I don’t think so.

That said, here are a couple of my expressions of fantasy.

Taken in Brier Island, Nova Scotia

Donn'a's Door


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4 Responses to “Reality or Fantasy?”

  1. Barbara Says:

    What’s real any more? I remember the days when folks did not consider digital photography – real photography. Real or fantasy …… it’s in the eye of the beholder. Does it really matter?

    Then you look at the photography used in advertisements – that is leading folks “down a garden path”.

    And then ……. one can consider …….. “which came first, the chicken or the egg”?????

    Live and let live ……….. Life is all in the eye of the beholder.

  2. Tim Stirling Says:

    A chilling video of what is real and what is not.

  3. Sonny's Pics Says:

    Hi Tim,
    That is pretty chilling.

  4. Peter Says:

    As I said long before “reality” Television. “Reality is a multi-billion dollar industry”
    While photography is the medium most capable of candidly capturing moments in time it also facilitates capturing the observers emotional reaction to a moment.
    Digital art, in my opinion, is simply an evolution of the traditional arts. It’s another tool to express oneself with. It’s a very sophisticated paint brush and should be approached as such.

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