Oh yes, the great debate of whether an image is a photograph or digital art erupted in our house last night.. Well it started by me reading a blog post by Glen Hannah about the Toolwiz Pic App and me downloading it and trying it on some of our photographs. After I processed a couple of photographs and showed him… he came up with a comment, along the lines… “That is no longer a photograph but digital art.”
And after he explained his reasoning… I could not falter his logic, especially with this photograph, after I added a water reflection..
He said… “Even though the original image was taken with a camera.. you have altered the image by putting in water.. so it now becomes digital art because there are no lakes or water features like you have created in the photograph above, at Ashenbank Woods.”
So his logic is simply this… if you add something that changes the whole dimension of the photograph i.e a water reflection when there was no water in the original image.. then you can’t call it a photograph of such and such place… because people will never find the exact location of where that photograph shot because you are giving a false illusion of there being water at the location… Yep I agree with that.
Adding a texture etc. is still a photograph in his opinion because you are not altering the concept of the photograph… you are enhancing it. Enhancing the image by altering, exposure, contrast, colours and white balance still makes it a photograph, simply because, people can easily locate the place at where that particular photograph was taken.
So I processed this photograph taken at Doddington Place near Sittingbourne, Kent.. and asked, “Is it a Photograph or Digital Art?”
To which he replied, “Photograph.”
So I thought I would test his logic on this photograph…
“Digital Art,”… he proclaimed. Again simply because the flower was not laid in water to create that reflection…
To be honest.. I have never thought about his logical concept of photography before.. when processing images… and yes I suppose if you add something to a photograph – ie a water reflection, when no water is present – then you really can’t say it is a natural photograph of that particular place.
So I have altered my profile.. and added Digital Artist… because Digital Art is something that I do create with our images.. But I am still a photographer, albeit an amateur one, because I am the one that takes the initial image… I am the one that works out the settings for my camera and I am the one that finds the composition aspect for that particular photo. So by doing digital art, with my images, does not take away the fact that I am an amateur photographer.
What do you think? Is he right? Or is his logic flawed?
Now on another note… that app is absolutely fantastic and it is available on both Android and IOS.