I was having lunch with my friend Roy. He was explaining why he should be allowed to legally marry his iPhone, and I was staring out the window, thinking about kittens. Suddenly I heard the words “tilt-shift photography”.
“Hang on,” I said. “That isn’t a product made by Apple. It doesn’t even start with an “i”.”
Roy then explained that Tilt-Shift Photography is a technique used to make images of real life look like pictures of models. For example, here’s an image from Photography Jam of Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station:
It looks fake, but it’s real, just like Kerri-Anne Kennerley. Here’s some images of Melbourne by Ben Thomas:
You can see more of Ben Thomas’s work here.
The basic priciple of tilt-shift photography is to create a very shallow depth of field, making it look like a macro lens has been used. Originally done using movable lenses, most contemporary tilt-shift work is done with programs like Photoshop, adjusting focus and pushing the colour levels to give an artificial, painted look.
But what does it all mean? Why are people so keen to turn reality into fakery? Is it to take charge of a world increasingly beyond our control? Is it some sort of God-complex? Or are today’s youth just shamefully starved of dioramas?