Creating History

February 25, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

This is going to be a short post, but the idea for this came to me last night.

We are always creating history at every point in our lives. We live in the moment, and then it passes into history, often to be forgotten.

This is probably one reason why history has always been written by the victors, and not by the vanquished.

Photography and video making does give us a chance to change all this.

We walk, we photograph a scene and then a record of that scene is generally made for posterity.

However, as in the case of a history writer who always brings his/her perspective to the writing of a historical narrative, the choice of light/composition/editing approach provides a subjective record of history.

Did the mountain look like that? Or, did I warp it out of recognition? Pixels can be manipulated. In a traditional setup, the choice of chemicals and paper, and tools like dodging and burning help us shape the image to our own artistic vision.

Life is like that.

We live in the world of our own perception. We live in our own little universes. It is this universe that we attempt to project onto the world.

It is how we write, and create, our own version of history and of events.

It's the way it has always been, and it is the way it always will be.


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