The Filter is the Message

Nora – Snapseed Portraits by mprove

I am convinced that the Medium is the Message. For me it means that you perceive the world in terms of the tools and media you know, and what you have experienced until then. When we take photography for instance, your skills, the camera, the film, the objective have a fundamental influence on the subjective way how you take photos.

The darkrooms of the analog era have been replaced by Photoshop and recently by all the filter apps on mobile devices. It is quite remarkable that a quite banal photo can be turned into something special with a twist of a finger. In fact I prefer filter apps that offer more than just a set of predefined effects. I want to be in control, sort of. I want to have the options to express a certain mood while pushing the virtual buttons and slide the virtual throttles. And I want results that are still surprising and unique.

Now we’ve gone full circle. Because the images that resulted from prior use of the filters have an impact on the photos that you will take in the future.

Blue Harbor – Popsicolor Gallery by mprove

Red Nose – Snapseed Gallery by mprove

enjoy your life
– mprove photography

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