If that is indeed creativity, then I do not really care much about it anymore.
Compared to the denial expressed by other responses, I think that's a sensible beginning.
Pete Turner (a photographer mentioned in Eric Meola's article) saw the difference between make
, and did both; and pushed into fake
(for want of a less perjorative term) long before Photoshop made it so so easy.
(+take) vs take vs
- Cigar Earring, Kenya, 1970 -- "Cigar Earring wears a tin cigar container that I got from Harold. I thought it would make an interesting shape. I guess I'm not a purist in terms of reality. I make pictures. They're a combination of made and found images."
- Flying Women, Dominica, 1976 -- "Composed and orchestrated on location specifically for this result. Viewing the photograph upside down, as it is reproduced here, makes the women seem to fly."
- Cannonball, Mozambique, 1980 -- "I realized that I had a circular, geometric shape in a fort that was all straight-line geometry. The textures were great and it was a beautiful time of day, so I started placing cannonballs around the fort."
- Ibiza Woman, Ibiza, 1961 -- "I waited until a woman crossed the street. When she hit the curb with her foot, the composition felt just right. This, in a sense, is as close as I ever came to doing reportage photography."
- The Old Man and the Sea, 1966, Nazaré -- "You don't make an image like this. You don't make a day with an incredible storm, graphic waves. I just managed to take a few frames before the man walked away."
- Ayers Rock 1, Uluru National Park, 1983 -- "I had been impressed with photographs I'd seen of the rock reflected in pools of water. I created my version -- a perfect mirror image flopped and combined in the optical printer."
(Quotations from Pete Turner: Photographs
Let's say make
is about what Rob C. means by creativity, and take
is about acuity; then even though fake
is not creative in that sense, it can still be imaginative
. Eric Meola's article seems to make a stronger complaint -- current landscape photography is neither creative nor imaginative.