This week’s challenge is for the bravest but don’t let that scare you off! Usually in our challenges we consider how the photographs we've already taken affect the viewer whether that be through colours, shapes, textures or even sounds but this time we're shaking things up. We want to explore how we can intentionally challenge the public bias, their general view on things. Built on foundations of mythmaking how can photography be used to gain sympathy or understanding from the public, making viewers feel, see, or do as we want them to?
"We Make Up Myths As We Go" by Peter Kurdulija
Ask yourself, can photos lie to us (fake news and purposeful adjustments aside)? Historically, we have always taken for granted that photography represents reality however, we each have a different perception of the world around us and see things differently. In an effort to enhance the viewer’s experience or to get more attention it's now possible to have photographs of things that never happened or don’t exist. The moment we use our cameras as a tool to capture our perception we make certain choices – the lens we use, camera settings, time of day etc and by doing so add a layer of interpretation to it. The words that accompany a photograph also affect the way people "read" our photographs.
"City Surfing" by Otis Hungerford
Keeping on the subject of lies and truths, you should remember that human vision is a lie. Our brains have a unique ability to process information by adding the missing elements from our own ‘knowledge library’. We don’t just look, we interpret. We add colour to black and white images, we add sound, dimension, smell, and emotions based on our own experience. So what about post-processed edited photos? Many photographers have no intention to lie or deceive, but instead to convince or show us a different possibility, view, or perspective. While the photographs might have been altered, the truth was not.
"The Wave" by Anita Ruggle
Share your own reality with us in this challenge – any styles and genres are welcome and it doesn’t need to be an edited photo. Try to make your viewers guess what they are looking at. You can view our Mystery Challenge submissions for inspiration – why not taking a mysterious photo? Who can say whether it is truth or not? Submit your images on our Community Chat.
"Pure Gem" by Lee Waddell