Tuesday, June 12, 2012

“Blotched” Photograph

The blotchiness of this man’s skin was real but has been greatly exaggerated by the post-processing of this photograph. It has also exaggerated the graininess elsewhere in the photo which came about as a normal result of the high ISO used for night-time shooting when wanting to keep a reasonably fast shutter speed. The result is not pretty and is a bit unfair on the man but I love the contrast of this blotchiness and the tidy stripes of his shirt. This could be called a photographic caricature in the same way as a cartoonist takes an individual’s features and exaggerates them.

I actually like this picture because it is not attractive. Sometimes we aim for visual appeal without considering the alternatives.

Photograph taken on “Saturday Walking Street”, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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