There’s a conceit that a photograph can somehow be objective.
As if processing a certain way or capturing a scene with a particular lens with a specific film stock represents reality.
The most strident adherents to this nonsense are photojournalists. They have an entire book of unwritten rules to address the topic of what they call truth.
At a basic level, something as simple as a lens choice can turn reality into fiction.
Wide lenses distort and long lenses compress. Both outcomes can be beautiful when done correctly.
The location of this session was an exterior of a building in Orlando sheathed in travertine marble. It was attractive enough but too detailed to be a suitable background.
No problem, I thought. The obvious solution was to use a short telephoto lens with a wide aperture to enhance the subject while simultaneously obliterating the detail of the wall.
Is it an accurate representation of reality?
You tell me.
Should I have done anything differently?
I’m glad I didn’t.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.