The date is approaching fast. This November 6th, 2014, some of my photos, and some by my good friend and photographer Eduardo Martinez, will be featured in the exhibit "Frame of Mind" at Beyond Arts Gallery in Harlingen, Texas. Without beating around the bush too much, I could say that this is a dream come true. Except that I never dreamt of this ever happening. Completely honored to have this opportunity and hoping to see lots and lots of people there.
Of all the interrogative adverbs "why" tends to be the one that involves more commitment to resolve. Yet photography constantly asks many "whys". Why do we decide to click on the shutter? Why do we decide not to? Why is that interesting? Why do you, as a photographer, like it? Why do others like it? Why don't they? Why do some people even dedicate their time to write about it. And so on.
Of the many "whys" the one that currently interests me the most is "Why are some people so drawn to photography while others are merely satisfied with the event-commemorative click?" I mean I haven't met anybody that just plain hates photography. Everyone seem to agree of the medium's greatness in, at least, preserving memories.
I guess that an explanation could come from the fact that by framing an instant, some of us attempt to arrange and find order in the seemingly stream of chaos that continuous reality manifests itself to us.
Or perhaps to some of us, the novelty has never worn off. Photography is, and will be for the rest of our lives, just too much fun.
Nowadays, photo manipulation is done perhaps more liberally than ever before due to the spoils of the digital age. When done with restriction these manipulations can indeed help the quality of a photographic image by overcoming some of the inherited flaws of the medium itself. When done out of proportion it usually destroys an image by irresponsibly destroying the character of what was once in front of the camera. Yet, when image manipulation is overly done by overly talented artists then the photographic image mutates and becomes an artifact of the artist's imagination in a collage of resources at his or her disposal.
In so many words and in general, a photograph with little image manipulation tends to be more about what was in front of the camera as the camera recorded it at the precise moment of the capture. Conversely, a photograph with much image manipulation tends to place more importance on the concepts inside the photographer's head...it is more about what's behind the camera.