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An artist once said, unlike photographs, art is often not a realistic depiction of light, objects, places, people etc.
I read this at yet another stopover in Taipei and as I walked the streets I questioned this more and more. Many photographers manipulate their photographs to the point of it not looking realistic at all. I am not one of those photographers.

However I think a realistic depiction of something is also altered when you frame a shot, and this is not a bad thing. The first photo in this entry has part of a Ferris wheel surrounded by greenery with a tree limb reaching into the frame on the left side. What can someone conclude from this? Well here are a few things you may not know from looking at this picture. Just 1cm out of frame is the beginning of a very long and crisscrossing concrete overpass with cruising polluting traffic. Just to the right of the frame is a construction site underneath the chaotic traffic above, with excavators and all sorts of yellow toy truck like machinery. To the left...well there is a merry-go-round. So I'm questioning what the artist was saying about photographs...but in the end, I guess it doesn't really matter either way, lets just stop trying to compare rain and sun and take some photographs.

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