Lilia Alvrado has been greatly inspired to pursue photography since the birth of her twin daughters Juliette and Annabella. Recently, she uploaded a picture on Instagram which was bashed as being hugely photoshopped. Hence, Lilia pondered over the subject wondering what people have got against the idea of photo-manipulation as it is one of the methods to attain the desired results by the photographer.
Photography commenced about 180 years ago and since then it has existed as the medium for capturing the moments so that they live forever. She says that photoshop has been used by photographers since the very early days of photography as a profession.
In her own words,
“Photography was invented over 180 years ago, but it’s only with the relatively recent invention of digital editing software that image manipulation has become the subject of popular controversy. Really though, this just shows our lack of awareness of the history of photography: image manipulation didn’t start with Photoshop. In fact, it’s always been an essential part of what photographers do.”
She shares with us some of her original work and then the photoshopped versions.
Loving the wild for its beauty.
The before and after pictures have a striking contradiction.
She raises questions that will raise some eyebrows.
“Sure, I can see why heavy use of Photoshop might be worrying in the area of photojournalism, but I do not consider myself a documentary photographer. Far from it. In fact, I think my work is a little like making a still movie. Image manipulation has always been a part of filmmaking too, but nobody ever suggested that a movie using a blue – screen or CGI is not a movie (cinematography?). There is art in applying these techniques as well. Thus, I will use whatever photographic tools will get me closest to my vision.”
You will have to wonder which one is the better version of it.
Telling a secret.
“The word photography literally means writing or drawing with light. The process of making an entirely computer-generated image – such as a digital illustration or animation – couldn’t really be described as “writing with light.” This contrasts sharply with my way of working: in simple terms, I make images using a box with a hole that lets light in – so they can definitely be considered “photo-graphs”. The fact that I edit these images afterward using software doesn’t change this. In any case, it’s not fundamentally different from what people were doing in the darkroom over a century ago.”
A boy and girl together.
The girl with the intense look.
Sharing the sibling love in this one.
Enjoying some playtime on the beach.
Swinging away to the joyous place.
So what if photo-manipulation is allowing her to attain her vision?