I have always used film,I want to use digital but am concerned at the vast possibilities of changing that image in post processing.My b&w prints have,until very recently,always had a black border proving that Id printed the entire negative,like many others fileing out the neg carrier unless I had access to a focomat.I now realise that this stubborness came firstly from my own vanity and also from an over devotion to the Bresson style.I still only print the whole negative but dont feel the need to show the world that that is what Im doing.
However, things have moved on a lot since then,photographs can be cut,stitched,roasted,toasted,seasons changed,backgrounds added,warts and lines removed,colours enhanced,new light sources brought in etc,etc,etc.
All wonderful for the professionals(maybe)but not for me.I still want people to know that whatever skill that I have lies principally behind the camera and not in front of the computer. An answer would be for the viewer to have access to all thats been done in post processing;obviously rediculous.Another would be for the photographer to be able to choose from a list in a program what operations he permits himself to do to his or her images.This list could then be irrevocably linked to that image.
As people outside the photographic world learn more of the possibilities of this now perfect crime the value of the photograph and photographer will deminish,something done now in the style of what Ive suggested may well save the respect given to those that deserve it.
thanks for looking,Neil.
p.s.on rereading this it does come over as a bit abrupt and condeming to those who are experts in photoshop,thats not intended,Ive posted this only as what I hope will be an interesting discussion,the tone in my head was a lot lighter than that produced by my fingers.