There’s no such thing as an unaltered image. Representing a three-dimensional object in two dimensions means that something gets omitted in the process.
You can look at a map on your phone or fold one up and put it in your pocket. That’s because the nature of a map is to be a different thing than what it depicts.
A camera and a lens can magically transform reality into something that can’t exist in the real world.
Shallow focus can change the look of the subject’s placement in the scene. Removal of color can alter the way one perceives the time of day. The addition of digital artifacts might even entice you to hear something in a silent medium.
It’s something to keep in mind when you think you see something unmistakably real.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.