Recently I was looking to see if Resident Evil was in the app-store, and I found that the top-twenty-five popular apps were mostly photography-editing apps. Like "erase all spots and pimples from photographs' or 'make yourself look thinner in photographs' and that sort of stuff.
Now, while I think that photography is extremely interesting, though I know very little about it, and some special-effects are really cool, there's a few little issues I have with editing addictions.
- Firstly, I think photography is about capturing 'real-life', not creating fake realities. Like, if you take a photo of an average evening and edit it to make it look like the most spectacular sunset, it doesn't mean that you're a talented photographer, it means that you can edit stuff out and make something look different. You want images of real-life, not what you've photoshopped real-life into.
- Secondly, you're losing out on a bit of a laugh. I think, personally, that if you take pictures of you and your friends/family, it's almost part of the fun looking at them a while after and being all like "Oh my god, that was a terrible hair-do." or "What the hell was I thinking when I wore that awful outfit?" it's kind of fun, comparing what you looked like. If you edit out every 'imperfection' or 'flaw', that fun is lost.
- Thirdly, the art of photography becomes fake, people could take a picture of a typical Irish summer (probably raining) and make it look like the height of summer in Greece (not that I know what that's like - sigh). All meaning of the art is lost. It isn't about capturing real life anymore, it is about making the whole world even more fake.
That's today's little anti-whatever rant. Just to clarify, I am not anti-editing, it can be cool at times, I'm just saying what an editing-overdose can do.