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Can a Composite Really Be Called a Photograph?

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We all know that not every digital image file equals a photograph. A photograph is far more than just a collection of pixels in a digital file. However, there is an issue around which there circles an endless debate about whether or not it should be classified as photography. I’m talking about composite photos. Before you form an opinion, […]

The Freedom of Unfamiliarity: An Open Letter to Artist Wannabes

By JD Hancock

Let me ask you a question: what do you like about the images you create? At what point during your creative process do you start liking what you have created? You see, there’s a principle, something called the mere-exposure effect. It’s a psychological phenomenon observed in people that we tend to like things that are familiar to us. The mere-exposure effect is an important consideration for artists and creative people who want to create the unknown. And for photographers in particular, it’s even more important. We take bits from the real world, interpret and reproduce them as something new–as a new way of seeing. Or, at least that’s what most of us want to do–if we can take our creative side seriously enough, and not settle for what we’ve seen, or felt, or experienced a million times. For us, that’s the question, when we like what we have created, is it because of an emotional process, an inner growth, a divulging of humankind’s secrets, a new perspective? Or… is it just familiar?