Often I've thought about at the idea that “The camera never lies”, The fact is, that while the camera does not lie, that does not mean it tells the truth. The camera is not human. Humans don’t tend to notice details.
Things like pores and subtle wrinkles, we see different people in different types of light, and moments don’t get frozen permanently in our head, our memories and the way we perceive the world is constantly in flux, There is some very interesting research done in this field . The way that memories are formed and the way that we perceive others, is not the way the camera treats us.
As a visual artist turned film editor I’ve always wrestled with the idea of "Photoshop". I left the creative industry for a long time, because I became very discouraged at all the dealings within the creative community and the images that we were creating for the world to perceive.
But I learned a very important lesson from my friend Lecia McDermott, an amazing Boudoir Photographer.
Image correction is about allowing the camera to see them the way other people do.
To me art (and language, and probably human nature) is symbolism, and I fully believe that what can sometimes be perceived as a lie or a manipulation, can reveal more real truth than the plain truth by itself, because it forces you to pay attention. This is one of the capabilities that art and symbolism has. One would not look at Dali’s painting of “Geopoliticus Child” and call it a lie.
Never in the history of man has a dude (or a nation) emerged from an actual egg. For some reason I think we look at all of our digital media with slanted perceptions, photos and videos pass before our eyes so quickly and we don’t take the time to consider the motives and objectives of the creator the way we would a painting. Honest creation is about listening to what the other individual has to say, and really honestly considering the presented perspective, even if you disagree with it, you can still appreciate the creation.
So, the reason why I use extensive masking, color correction, and other techniques isn't because I want my images to lie, it’s because I want to bring out the honest interaction that is seen and perceived, on the daily, in everyday interaction & to help cover up the parts that really DON'T matter.
CUT by CUT is a blog about the art of film editing. It challenges norms, catalyzes ideas, and uses science, social psychology, and art history to think about filmmaking.
Aaron is a full time film editor based on the east coast. He thinks a lot, drinks a lot of rockstar, only wears black and red, and works everyday to become better at the art of film editing.