So, the title of this blog was actually inspired by the photographic movement, Straight Photography. This movement followed Pictorialism, which was a based on altering photographs in order to mimic painting, the “ideal” art form. Straight photography, on the other hand, was just what it sounds like: photographs taken as they were — no manipulation would be involved in it’s processing, aside from the necessary adjustments (I think one could easily argue that it is impossible to create a photo without manipulation as the photographer must make constant decisions in the recording, processing and display of the image, but that’s another post for another day!). All in all, though, the images were intended to be more honest renditions of the scenes as they were taken.
One of my favorites is the above “Pepper No. 43” by Edward Weston who probably drove his family a bit crazy by photographing all of their peppers. The result is lovely — despite how many delayed meals there must have been! — in that we see something perfectly ordinary, apparently photographed very plainly, turn into something completely different: whether you see the lover’s embrace, perhaps a body builder, or just a very unique pepper.
And so we have Straight Photography: a frank discussion and explanation about photographic processes and history.