Since the introduction of the digital camera in the 1990’s, together with easy to use image manipulation software, people have been tinkering with photos, but there is no real mechanism by which tinkered and untinkered images can be delimited. I believe that as a result, the photograph has become a pseudo-endangered species. Endangered, because we no longer know whether the images we view are photographs or photoart. Pseudo, and thereby capable of remedy, because many of our images really are unmanipulated photographs, we just don’t know which ones to believe.
The plight of the pseudo-endangered photograph has become an important focus of my career. I am now researching constructing a modern framework for photograph credibility that can operate in the networked and socially connected world we inhabit.
I hope that I can connect with you as a photographer, and also as a member of the human family who wants our collective history and knowledge told in images in which we understand where the line between truth and fiction can be found. I hope we can help each other benefit from thinking more critically about the role our photographs play in the world and our individual lives.
Along the way, we can explore the beautiful, confronting, whimsical, illuminating, colourful, wonderful world of photography!