The epistemic excesses of Photography part 2
Unless it is to serve some scientific purpose, for example a photograph of a landscape indicating the geology of the region, the question whether a photograph shows the highest level of fidelity is irrelevant and misleading. As, based on the Artist perception there may be an infinite number of interpretations of a landscape. The camera after all is just another paintbrush with which to probe the invisible and the resulting image must be true to the artist vision and not to the object. The Early Light asks “what do things look like when we don’t look at them” meaning of course that one should use perception and the knowledge of light and color for ‘discovering appearances’, anything less is merely a data collecting exercise.
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