“Don’t shoot what it looks like, shoot what it feels like.” – David Alan Harvey
One of the most beautiful things about photography is that unlike other art mediums, it has the ability to record the world around us. It’s because of this that there is a certain expectation from some viewers that we shouldn’t “manipulate” our photos and that the photo is a close representation of what the photographer actually saw. For certain uses such as editorial and journalistic publications, the photos should absolutely strive to be an accurate representation of reality but for other types of photos is this an antiquated way of thinking? The pay for editorial is so mediocre these days perhaps it’s not worth losing sleep over.
While I do not use nearly as much post-processing as some of my peers, I generally enjoy the creative process of interpreting my photos as I see fit. I’m not adding items that weren’t there and not removing elements to a point where it’s no longer what I saw. But at the same time I take creative liberties with highlight and shadow tones, saturation levels and in the case of this photo a conversion to black and white. I originally had intended on processing this famous scene of “Mormon Row, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming”, in color but after trying a black and white conversion I was able to better convey my emotional state while at this scene.