Explanation of Process
All of these images are actual photographs taken at night. Color was added using gels & flashes & other imaginative means. Because Night Photography collapses long periods of time into a single frame, it enables the photographer to capture magic, unlike Photoshop, which enables one to manufacture magic. There is an enormous difference between photographs and digitally-manipulated images. To the extent the latter adds or subtracts information, it is factually misleading and dishonest. And while I respect and appreciate the power of digital manipulation, it has impugned the authenticity of the photograph. If we take it upon ourselves to identify the unmanipulated photograph, we won’t ever have to wonder whether magic actually entered the frame.
The eye, by long use comes to see even the darkest cavern: and there is no subject so obscure but we may discern some glimpse of truth by long poring on it.George Berkeley (Irish philosopher, 1685-1753)
Opening Reception: July 19th Lightroom Gallery (2-6pm)
2253 Fifth Street, Berkeley, 94710