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Shadowplay; editing notes

People tend to ascribe a notion of purity and truth to photographs, as if the translation from photons bouncing off objects to pixel data recorded on a chip (or causing a chemical reaction with a strip coated in silver nitrate) holds some sort of absolute fact about the world with little room for deceit. Relatedly, I find problems with the term 'post-processing', as it implies excess actions that one has performed on a captured image that somehow dilute the validity of the photograph.

On the other side of the issue, I feel a responsibility to present an image that accurately represents my interpretation of the space, taking into consideration everything from the state of my eyesight to any romantic notions I have about how foggy alleyway mornings ought to appear. If I fail to translate my thoughts on a particular space to a viewer, have I failed to present the image appropriately? Does someone need to be able to identify this moment and location in reality in order for it to be a truthful photograph?

It's complicated. This is why I bristle when people ask me for technical details about my photographs, as if the pen I used to put together a piece of writing mattered just as much as the words I stitched together.

These images are a sequence of drafts, from the JPG that my camera's internal software rendered as a companion to the raw format I worked from, through several iterations of color balance adjustment and spot-editing to emphasize a specific sens of space and object definition. Some changes are more subtle than others, depending on your viewing conditions.

08 April 2014


08 April 2014


Good old fashioned vanity.

07 April 2014

Alien Worlds

Sights from places that I've lived, but can't always bear to call home.

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Pittsburgh, Fall 2011; Al-Rayyan, Qatar, Spring 2013; Pittsburgh, Fall 2013

01 April 2014

The Ethan Dress

Summer, 2013

A collaboration with Lea. 35mm source image, scanned and digitally stitched, printed as digital negative, exposed with cyanotype on dyed muslin fabric. Lea constructed the dress.

Photographs by Tegan McDuffie

Source image (Ethan Pond, summer 2012):

28 March 2014

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