When Photoshop Is Done Right
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We’ve all seen them, pictures that have been saturated, HDR’d, stitched or airbrushed beyond recognition; sometimes even having all these actions perpetrated against them, such that all that remains of the original photograph are a few lost pixels on the periphery. It’s a free World (well, almost) and it’s your image, so you can do with it what you wish. Just don’t expect others to necessarily like it.
Once in a while I stumble upon a photographer who is able to use Photoshop techniques to the benefit of his art, rather than to its detriment. Peter Funch is such a photographer. In his series Babel Tales, Mr Funch shows us how he sees New York and its inhabitants. And what a view it is. With a great eye for magic corners and light, and a feather-light use of Photoshop, Mr Funch recreates scenes that are real…yet somehow not quite.
Much like Escher, he shows people marching around, and everything looks normal—until you pay closer attention. At this point you are hooked by Mr Funch’s magic.
Of course, it is entirely possible that no stitching has taken place and that Mr Funch sat on a street corner for hours just waiting for every pedestrian to jump at the same time…but I doubt it. Whatever the case may be, it has no influence over the images themselves—they portray what they portray, which is Mr Funch’s vision, and that’s all I care about. It’s Art, period.
All photos: ©Peter Funch.