Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.
– Ansel Adams
This summer I’ve met a cute ginger kitty a few times in the street. He would meow and let me pat him. I believe he lives in a house nearby because he looked well fed, lovely and soft. He will be my muse for the photographs in this post.
We often read about how a picture captures a moment, it tells a story, it brings to life what the photographer is feeling or seeing through the lens. But is it always?
Nowadays, with so many photo editing tools that are available, all the photographs in the glossy magazines, or online magazines are clearly photoshopped.
For example in fashion and beauty, the models have skin and bodies that are too amazing. Cosmetic companies make photos where the skin is too perfect, the eyelashes are unbelievably long and the hair is so shiny and in place that, let’s face it, in real life they would look unreal. Hey, we all know this, but I once saw this TED talk by the model Cameron Russell which really makes a point about how photographs can really be made into what they not are.
We could also think about travel photography. Photos of places make us dream. Many places perhaps are like a dream, but other places were captured at a certain angle with a certain lighting and then edited to make the place oh so picture perfect. I myself create some amazing sceneries that look way more magical than in real life.
What about food photography? There are so many beautiful food photos out there that have so many props added to them and under the right lighting, that the food might not look so wonderful without all this set up. In my case for my blog, I don’t go as far out as to do all these things because this blog is just a hobby. Besides, I’m going to eat the food so I don’t want to spend too much time photographing it. Sometimes I have surprises. Sometimes in real life a dish looks quite ugly, then magically through the lens it is very photogenic. Or vice versa. Don’t worry, if it doesn’t taste great, I won’t publish it…
Even though I’m not a professional photographer so I’m unsure if you interpret in my photos what I want to transmit. I am guilty of editing my photos in an effort to improve the colours. I do not have photoshop installed in my computer, nor do I know how to use it. Some of you are probably gasping at my inexpertness. I simply have a blast editing the colours through iPhoto and, recently, the ones I put through Instagram.
Back to the cute ginger kitty. He was extremely friendly, though I don’t think I managed to capture that in the photo above nor in the next photo because he would move his head each time I pulled out the camera. Hey, I was just patting him for a few minutes, it’s not as if I were on a wildlife shoot stalking him continuously for five days.
The next photo, however, is the one I want to use to really make a point of how sometimes images are not what they seem. Hopefully it will also make you chuckle. In the next photo in black and white, no, we were not pinching the cat’s neck. The cat was not screaming in horror. The reality was that I captured the precise instant when the cat was yawning.
A small note to say that I know calling a cat he is incorrect English. However, I believe they have feelings and souls, which is why I don’t like calling them it.
Thank you for reading!