AN IMAGE THAT LIES

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If we cannot find grounds to conclude that a given image is a true record of a real scene or event, we can take the opposite tack and at tempt to demonstrate that it could not be a true record. (William J. Mitchell) Chapter Three of The Reconfigured Eye: Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1994: 23-57)

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Given 3 quarters of an hour to capture an image which disrupts the everyday was a challenge I was glad to be given. This is probably a humorous photo at a first glance. Nevertheless, I do kinda like how it has taken an everyday, realistic setting and experimented with the actuality and truthfulness of the photograph just by using the photo of an airplane on a runway and merging it with the image I captured a few minutes earlier.

The edited picture does not manage to deceive the gullible, since it is an airplane and the setting is not an airport. It’s a university campus. Although, the airplane being placed in the real photograph is questionable, since they exist. It would be completely different if it were to say, a dinosaur.

Images are constant and photoshopped.

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Adnan Hajjs’ photo manipulation caused controversy was expected, since it still got released to public domain when it had obviously been doctored. I think this image is the epitome of William J. Mitchell’s interpretation of how “Sometimes the visual evidence presented by an image supports alternative assertions, and we must decide which is the more plausible. Where the propaganda value of an image is at stake, the issue may become hotly contested.” 

Hajj’s photograph also makes me question and analyse who the biggest photomanipulation controversies are about. CELEBRITIES. The amount of magazines that have been slandered for their excessive use of photo manipulation for magazine covers is bewildering. But after seeing these photographs, can you blame people for having the odd word?

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Individuals would agree and say that these women are perfectly beautiful without the help of photoshop. For people who don’t know otherwise, these photographs actually have the power to deceive the gullible. But for those who can spot the magic of photoshop quicker than you can say bingo, these images fail at interpreting reality, although they do try and regularly succeed in doing so. Still, these images lie. Just like the magnificence of The Cottingley Fairies and how Elsie Wright and Frances Griffith represent what photographic truth stands for. The fairies even look like they’re playing with Frances Griffith! This disrupts the everyday, as we are seduced to believe and take it to be real.

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