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I took this pic October 1 2012 in the Jardin Serge Gainsbourg at Porte des Lilas Paris 75019. 



Then today October 2 I found a well-made presentation in English published by the Landscape Designer, with a lot of interesting pictures (see the gallery) by Nicolas Waltefaugle.

Alas according to me, Nicolas lightened most of his pictures too much destroying contrast, I guess to please his client the Landscape Designer.

Here is my point: it's something endemic in most of commercialised pictures, exaggerated digital lightening to please Mister Clean the client.

It's something I cannot help but notice since I began to take my own amateur pics, because I have the will to share pics as close as possible to what my eyes have seen, so I cannot help but notice that most of the images circulating in the media are ultra-artificial.

I would be very grateful to read what other members think about this.
Seems to me that most of the images produced by the media we see - the media being our present environment, what we see from dawn to dusk - are edited without any respect to reality, to please Mister Clean or to please Mister Dirt.

I even suspect that National Geographic's perfect photos have more to with paintings than reality on the ground.

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It is typical for commercial photography and sometimes to magazine photography, but (in the meantime) not for journalistic news photography.

Thesis: Maybe Hyperreality is the right approach with Media images.

Antithesis: The American Presidential Debate in Denver's TV images.
After watching the debate, I was surprised by the absence of visual analysis in the media & blogs.It seems that the journalists & bloggers watched TV images of this debate like young virgins watching a duel between two alpha males on a screen in a movie theater - Wow Mitt looks Super Ape, Wow Obama looks tired & bored.

Synthesis:WATCH Ted Soqui's extraordinary rendition of these TV images via his iPhone.
Photos 11 to 22 on Corbis Images gallery.
Ted Soqui's personal selection is on his blog.
Seems to me it's worth to compare Ted's photos with TV images and photos taken in the studio during the debate.
Seems to me Ted is closer to reality.

Henry, you start an important discussion about the concept of reality on the TV screen. These pictures are silent and capture only a small and biased fraction of the debate. It is very difficult to separate between "reality" and "Hyperreality" when it comes to televised debate.


Weinstein Henry said:

Thesis: Maybe Hyperreality is the right approach with Media images.

Antithesis: The American Presidential Debate in Denver's TV images.
After watching the debate, I was surprised by the absence of visual analysis in the media & blogs.It seems that the journalists & bloggers watched TV images of this debate like young virgins watching a duel between two alpha males on a screen in a movie theater - Wow Mitt looks Super Ape, Wow Obama looks tired & bored.

Synthesis:WATCH Ted Soqui's extraordinary rendition of these TV images via his iPhone.
Photos 11 to 22 on Corbis Images gallery.
Ted Soqui's personal selection is on his blog.
Seems to me it's worth to compare Ted's photos with TV images and photos taken in the studio during the debate.
Seems to me Ted is closer to reality.

Yossi, what I meant by "Hyperreality" was the artistic & political LIVE rendition by Ted Soqui of these TV images - rendition meaning here critical lecture.

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You may think that "these pictures are silent and capture only a small and biased fraction of the debate", but I watched LIVE the debate - knowing it wasn't for real, but two political biased performances designed to strike the USA audience - and I think Ted did a great visual LIVE counter-lecture - Andy Warhol-like rendition.
I discovered what he did because France's Le Monde chose Ted's image 1 to visualize the debate - Ted Soqui is a famous free-lance photographer, see Time's Man Of The Year.

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Reason-why is that Mitt Romney did a LIVE U-Turn Performance during this debate - presenting himself for the first time in the campaign as a moderate center-right candidate - and Ted Soqui and I watched the debate thinking about this U-Turn and what Obama was thinking about this.

                                                              Mounir Fatmi  Cut, 2010  

Guess it's safer to question the Unquestionable & Impermissible in a western art gallery

 

 

 

Another interesting topic: urban light by night



Have a look on these two pics

Paris 75008 By Night: Rue de Téhéran, October 21 2012

Paris 75016 By Night: Rue Benjamin Franklin, October 21 2012

These two pics are the real thing, I mean it's very close to what I was seeing
Because of urban light by night in this very quiet area of Paris

But we never see in the media & art galleries images like this: what we get is either arty 
black & white images, either clear flash-designed images


What's wrong with real urban light by night?

The Way Of The Media: Close-Up & Photoshop

 

In the original pic David Petraeus & Paula Broadwell were posing in a hall

in front of the Nato flags: it was an intranet picture posted on a Nato website

 

 

Tag: Andy Warhol

 

A Song About Media Deception

By Jacques Dutronc, a True Prophet

 

On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien 

Song: 1966

Image: Paris, November 14 2012

 

 

 

Tag: I don't speak Hebrew, but I understand French

 

 

 

 

Walking in the Ranelagh garden by night and looking up at the trees

 

Paris, November 17 2012



Weinstein Henry said:

 

Another interesting topic: urban light by night



Have a look on these two pics

Paris 75008 By Night: Rue de Téhéran, October 21 2012

Paris 75016 By Night: Rue Benjamin Franklin, October 21 2012

These two pics are the real thing, I mean it's very close to what I was seeing
Because of urban light by night in this very quiet area of Paris

But we never see in the media & art galleries images like this: what we get is either arty 
black & white images, either clear flash-designed images


What's wrong with real urban light by night?

 "Those who can make you believe absurdities

 

            can make you commit atrocities"   Voltaire 

 

 Images: Paris, November 22 2012


Weinstein Henry said:

 

A Song About Media Deception

By Jacques Dutronc, a True Prophet

 

On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien 

Song: 1966

Image: Paris, November 14 2012

 

 

 

Tag: I don't speak Hebrew, but I understand French

 

 

 

 

Another Israeli PR disaster

Q - How to announce the construction of 3000 new homes in Jewish settlements the day after the UN vote giving to Palestine the Vatican status of an observer state, as the sabbath began and knowing the Israeli government could not be reached the next day?


A - By tweets.



Image: Paris By Night, November 21 2012



Weinstein Henry said:

 

A Song About Media Deception

By Jacques Dutronc, a True Prophet

 

On Nous Cache Tout, On Nous Dit Rien 

Song: 1966

Image: Paris, November 14 2012

 

 

 

Tag: I don't speak Hebrew, but I understand French

 

 

 

 

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