This paper will explore the topic of designing photographic representations of reality from digital artifice and will contemplate the notions it inspires about the correlation between the photograph and truth in the digital age. If a photograph typically stands as evidence of something’s existence, is it possible to create a photo of a memory or a dream? This paper will explore this idea through a discussion of relevant techniques and practical examples of digital manipulation as a means of recreating reality. The key theme of the paper will surround the use of computer generated imagery (CGI) in place of and as photography, exploring the idea of blurring the boundaries between the ‘real’ world and the ‘digital’ world by recreating snapshots of memories using 3D computer modeling and photo- realistic rendering in conjunction with photography. Considering that, arguably, manipulation in one form or another is found in nearly all photographs anyway—from pre-shutter staging to a variety of post-processing techniques—this particular digital manipulation technique offers a unique perspective on designing photography. The paper will seek to inspire a shift in thinking about photography from something that captures the present to something that recreates the past, using modern digital manipulation techniques that push the boundaries of the definition of the photograph and what it represents.
|Keywords:||Photography, Computer Generated Imagery, Digital Manipulation, Role of Photographs|
MA Multidisciplinary Design Student, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK