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| p.1 #8 · News Winner's Overuse of Photoshop? |
+1 @ same frame D&B, but ...
So, which is the real, unstaged image ... or have they all been staged (compare below)?
Granted, the death is an atrocity that is real, but I find the obvious staging in the girl's image(s) to be discrediting to one or more who practice such, even if it is "accepted practice" to produce a more "powerful" image to generate a stronger emotional response. I'm good with D&B processing and the variability it uses to help "draw the eye" of the viewer to the message, but imo at least keep it plausible vs. incongruent. There comes a point when we should acknowledge that "staged is staged" and "fake is fake" ... it is a slippery slope.
Artistic creation vs. PJ ... we'll all draw our "line" at different places, but I find the practice of staging to be more akin to being an art director more than a journalist.
And, btw ... what happened to the blood patterns if there supposedly wasn't any "photoshopping at a pixel level" to any significant degree being done. Readily noticeable evidence of "PJ tampering" for me includes both pre- and post- capture manipulations (which is rather different from "D&B" processing variance):
Blood in vs. blood out
Arm over vs. arm behind
Facing away vs. facing toward
One picture vs. three pictures
Legs together vs. rocks between ankles
Integrity of PJ is a highly subjective and opinionated one. Your call at how you see it ... but logic alone dictates that at least three (likely all four) are staged images because the girl didn't move herself, the rocks or the pictures. Neither did she run back to the store for more pictures, nor get cleaning supplies to wipe up the blood. If you expect me to believe the "award winning" (last) one is unstaged and processed with PJ integrity ... pack a lunch, it'll be a long day. The scene is powerful enough without moving things around to your liking and should have simply been shot as it was without all the repositioning of subject and environmental props.
I wonder if she was even carrying all of those pictures to begin with. Even in the B&W image with only one picture, notice how the picture is precariously positioned with a corner on the rock to keep it out of the pool of blood ... is that the way the picture actually landed (figure the odds)?. I've not been to Haiti, but those protective frame corners look awfully nice for a place that is supposed to be in such dismal condition.
From there, it all unravels as staged, staged and more staged. What, and suddenly the "award winning" photographer found "integrity" with the death of two kids and just happens to win again without any staging involved? Fool me once, shame on you ...
I believe in "making your own luck" by putting forth the effort to be there, capture the moment, wait for the shot or the right light, etc. ... but staging brings a new dimension to "make your own". Subjective and debatable ... call it how you see it. Personally, I believe that PJ is about "real" and my "journalistic" look at these images is that they are staged (comparative deduction) and falsely processed (moved/removed blood) ... even if that is "blasphemy" against a two-time "award winning" photographer by an old, never has been, cyber-nobody.
A powerful image, certainly. An integral, "that's the way it really looked" (after we posed everything the way we wanted it and cleaned it up in PS) one ... I'm not buying it.