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 The early green arrives in Elliot Lake Ontario.  These compositions  are a constructed reality and not just in processing effects.   This edge of wilderness  hides the highway that is just on the other side of the trees. Nothing is in the shots to reveal that the photographer was standing in a parking lot or that most of the parking lot was full of vehicles.  Take a short walk through the parking lot and you would be standing on the sidewalk of a quiet residential street.


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Facing in the exact opposite side a ridge rises before the viewer. To the right just beyond the ridge are homes along that quiet street.   A photograph only depicts the reality the photographer wishes to reveal. What is outside the frame is a mystery. The viewer must gather implied meaning & context from the composition.  The viewer trusts that the implied meaning & context does not hide as much as it reveals. The more realistic the image, the more the constructed reality matches the expectations & experiences of the viewer, then the viewer is more trusting and less critical of the image. It is this acceptance of reality that allows the viewer to enter into the constructed reality. What happens when the constructed reality is part of advertising or government messaging ?  How many question what is outside of the frame ?


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9 responses

  1. That green certainly is a welcome sight. It is so true that often the photo is created more by what is left out of the actual scene. Interesting when you think of it.

    May 29, 2014 at 7:22 am

    • elmediat

      This is one of the issues with various forms of mass media. the audience is less likely to question the constructed reality the closer it looks like their perception of the world. Movies, television, photography or written text. are all given more of a pass if it appears to match our expectations. Large portions of the first Fast & the Furious movie used cutting edge computer technology to create the street races, yet so many young people went out and tried to emulate the “stunts”. The stunts occurred on a computer screen, not a movie set. because the setting looked real and the people and vehicles were “realistic” the audience did not assume it was computer generated.

      May 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  2. Thank for the recent visit to my blog. I am behind on reading blogs that I follow and enjoy as I do yours. This post and photos very well how we can be manipulated by the media and government with photos and what we don’t see or even more sinister…by what we are not allowed to see! I was certainly taken in as I scrolled down to see the photos and then went back and read the text.

    May 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    • elmediat

      I too am trying to visit blogs – it has been a hard winter in numerous ways. Our acceptance of constructed reality allows us to enjoy various forms of entertainment – we get lost in the performance/art. it is a double edged sword – we can be taken in by those who seek to beguile into accepting a world that suits their purposes.

      May 30, 2014 at 7:55 pm

  3. Constructed reality is a new term to me, your examples in the above images make the term more understandable. Again you have given new insighst and I am eager to discover how I can apply the concept in a more thoughtful way in my photo’s.

    June 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    • elmediat

      Glad to expand the frame of reference. 😀 The difference between a well composed photograph and a typical family snapshot is that the person holding the camera is aware that they are not simply capturing a moment, but composing a narrative, They do that by being aware that they construct a reality based on the codes and conventions of photography ( camera distance, angle, framing the subject, setting). What do you choose to leave in or out – identify the subject and the setting, How many pictures of Uncle Waldo and Great Aunt Minnie’s birthday are really shots of something/someone else and Uncle Waldo is an element in the composition. 🙂

      June 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  4. Guess my fingers are a tad dyslexic, “insights”. 🙂

    June 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    • elmediat

      As they say, just a slip of the thumb. 🙂

      June 3, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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