I have been studying and using photography as both a creative and a business tool since 1964 -
Photographs can be more interpretations than records. They reflect how a scene, an event, a moment was interpreted in the instant that image was captured. When I take pictures, something about what my eyes are seeing is compelling enough to make me pause, study, raise the camera and trip the shutter. But the images my mind sees are frequently different than the pictures that come out of the camera. My goal, once an image has been captured, is to process the resulting “negative”, be it film or digital, to more accurately reflect the image in my mind's eye.
Should photographs tell the Truth?
That could depend on how “Truth” is defined -
Is Truth even the issue? Isn't a photograph in its simplest terms the interpretation of a moment, a composition of light captured within a frame of space and time? Such an interpretation is inevitably affected by the equipment and materials used to record the moment. It is affected by the intentions of the photographer. It is affected by the timing of when the shutter is released -
My bottom line for the resulting images is to end with a pleasing, emotive visual experience for myself and, hopefully, for others.