I saw a feature on the BBC website today which made me think about all the photographs I have taken and amended; I believe it may be true that the camera never lies but photographers and Photoshop certainly do!
I do believe the camera doesn't lie BUT are we creating a false truth by what we choose to include in a picture and what to omit by choosing our subject and view point.
Looking in one direction we might have a gorgeous sea/country/castle/garden view, whilst if you look in another you might only see pylons/waste land/ sewage works - so realistically which way will you face to take a photo for the family album? Hmm, thought so unless you have a fetish for sewage you'll probably go for the nice view. So already we are creating a distortion of the truth, or at least metaphorically attaching a rose coloured filter to the camera lens.
But this is where the joy of Photoshop comes in, we no longer have to bin a photograph or tear it in two like our ancestors.
If we aren't quite happy with a picture it is soooo easy to adjust it a little and have a little tweak here and there. The original digital image of my first photo with my new born son does not exist, so no-one will ever see the huge red spot that was on my chin, that has disappeared into a digital oblivion.
Do I think this is wrong? Maybe a little but to me it is just a white lie, a little bit of vanity on my part. I also know that this is not a life changing issue for anyone and is just for personal use.