Thursday, 28 April 2011
They used to say 'the photograph never lies' but we know now that, even from photography's earliest days (the Cottingley Fairies hoax), what we see is not always the truth. With programmes like Photoshop, even fairly unskilled amateurs can erase details, add in extras, change colours and effect all sorts of amendments to alter what was originally there in a scene. I do it myself sometimes, cloning out a bit of litter or an intrusive telephone wire, but even when I don't alter a photo in processing, my pictures don't always tell the whole truth. Yesterday's picture versus today's demonstrate that quite easily.
This wide-angle view again shows the old cottages at Jane Hills, which look so olde-worlde and charming in close-up. The reality is that they are now dwarfed and hemmed in by surrounding commercial premises and have a building site on their front steps, where they are building a very modern orthodontics factory. Disappointing, isn't it? It's a sad fate for what once was an isolated, rural hamlet on the canal bank.