Visual thinking gallery

XXIV.4 July-August 2017
Page: 88
Digital Citation

Woman (seated) with tablet computer

Eli Blevis

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Contributor: Eli Blevis

Curator/Editor: Eli Blevis

Genre: Photographic minimalism, truth in (digital) photography

Publication: Blevis, E. Pictorial: Qualities of focus. Proc. of Creativity & Cognition 2017. ACM Press (In press).

ins01.gif Is this deliberately out-of-focus image, recorded in the moment using a manual focus digital camera, more "truthful" than a sharply focused one edited using a postproduction tool such as Photoshop? Or does it tell a different truth that would otherwise remain hidden—that in our digital lives our screens can appear to loom larger than our bodies and dominate our physical presence?

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@Nom (2017 07 19)

does the difference in how the picture is created matter if the picture itself is still about the same thing? Like does it matter if, for example, you have a blurry picture of the sun because the photographer purposely made it out if focus? Does it matter if he accidentally had his focus off? I don’t see any difference if the result is still the same. How something is made is to remain mystery because the making process happened in the past. And when people talk about it how you trust them telling the truth?