It becomes a comfort, a necessary stopping of feelings and intuitions to accept a perception as fruitful and allow your automatic response become written in fear.
Photography is not just a camera taking images without a mind clicking the shutter. Photography is a means to your subject that reveals itself when you are intuitive enough to connect with its mysteries.
Is there such a thing as a real deal in creating images and image that states emphatically what the photographer was trying to express with settling for second hand information?
You are not accepting the gifts made possible by your awareness and intuition.
Mind's listen for the sound of the hunt. They anticipate the death of compliance. But like the age of old the kings and queens have the authority to devour your world in a blaze of greed.
A photograph separates us from the real world. It exposes our inner intentions and thus is a replica, a past replica of our experience. Who we are is lessened if we believe that picture taking is reality. It is our inner landscape made objective but it only represents a small portion of the reality you endured to get the photograph. Once an image is made it takes that scene that you connected with and produces a similarity of vision with your own inner landscape. But that image is not real and now you have moved on and forgotten your real purpose of shooting the scene.
We try and create a realistic representation of our vision and try to explain with your own thoughts why life is judgmental, when it comes to stealing little pieces of a so called reality and not seeing the wholeness waiting to be shown. Creation is but an awareness of self in relations to stimulus that isn't real but always changing and moving as one tries to capture the truth of your inner existence in relation to the outer world.
Why do we take images? One could claim that by taking pictures one is absorbing the external world and making it succumb to the human representation. Since all of us are constantly changing why do we think we are any different than nature being taken by digital means. Once we take a snap shot of something without thinking through the process of empathy and intuition about the subject then we have just taken an infinitival detail and claim that that snap is the truth. But it is not the truth to others or yourself. You have a nagging belief that there is something there more worthy than an artificial picture of food. Something deeper and more vast in your tightening emotions and environment. That beckons you to listen to your intuition, your compass of compassion for the innocent earth.
Once an image is taken you have removed the live version, the true subject away from itself, a detail of the whole picture, a substitute that fills the anxious gap between your ego and your immersion into your created world. You only see from one perspective and that is through your own stereotypes-eyes. When you remove that unique moment of your truth and relationship with your outer subject by inner acceptance you see a social media copycatting the easiest banal subjects that really didn't have to worked for. Simplicity is not in the capture, simplicity is in the hunt for more than trivial outburst of selfish exaggeration.
We have been taking snap shots of subjects that have a resemblance to something we can't identify, strictly by its look. The unique original was just inches away from your vision but you accepted the easy slide down to your own strict response. Who wants to think, while enjoying the moments of angry despair.
We now have that snap shot taken from its origin into a mechanical device to exploit for your own satisfaction and not the believers in more than surface reflections.
Authentic is a word used constantly by ad men and women. There is nothing authentic about putting yourself behind a camera which is interfering with your relation with the subject and then having the nerve to claim authentic by wearing street clothes and interacting, acting with others to make it look like your cool and have the money to buy the ad's product.
Authenticity is connecting with your subject first with an interest and a working mind that is seeing the possibilities of composition and exposure that will bring to life your vision of the subject or scene. And then through experiencing the subject intimately you bring the camera up to your eye and make an image that expresses your inner intuition. You have connected the scene to an experience of your being. We are not children now running around snapping shots of anything that moves. We must concentrate on our relationship with our subject in order to get to the roots of that relationship which allows us to press the shutter at the moment of revelation.