Controlled Distortion

“The rendering of that lens is clinical.”

That statement is either high praise or a vicious slur, depending upon the subjective tastes of the photographer.

Clinical is great if you’re engaged in a certain category of commercial work.

Then again, photography at its best is representational. The world already has plenty of Xerox machines.

Intentional distortion is, as they say in the tech world, a feature not a bug. The best practitioners of this rely on both art and craft to get their results.

I reached the clinical pinnacle a long time ago. I have no regrets because most of them were well-paying commissions. My days of creating a hyper-reality or someone’s idea of perfection are over and have been for a long time.

These days I’m only interested in controlled distortion. I’ll leave the clinical stuff to the scientists.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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