“I was there! So it is real—“ but, totally a composite shot, a fake, an illusion—DIGITAL ART. LOL
She Chased the Moon…
Because it was a challenge! It took academics, planning, research, steadfastness, & a sense of wonder about what was possible.
The LEAST touched thing in this photo, is the moon, hilariously. With all the fake moon shots out there, I thought I’d share my imaginary moon line-up too!
However, I OWN it :) It’s really frustrating, to have put all the work for weeks (months or yrs!) of researching, to photograph an ACTUAL moon line-up in the moment, to then watch people claiming impossible line-ups actually happened: a sunset sky was taken well past blue hour, two different focal length shots together is a “blended-non-photoshopped” shot & not a composite, a shot w/dry streets was taken during the rain, or that a foreground shot was from the same night as the moon shot, when certain building signifiers prove otherwise.
Why does it matter? Well, I think integrity still matters.
If you’re creating art, own it! I have watched people swear at confused/questioning followers, use erroneous photo-terminology when describing their work, & even point to having used tools to find their line-up, when those same tools, prove that their line-up, did not exist AT ALL.
People hire them for field workshops, editing classes, etc—yet they are lying about their ability to capture in the moment and “properly calculate” line-ups. I wouldn’t hire someone who openly lies, is angry & defensive, & can’t even rebuttal w/a lie that could pass the most cursory fact check.
So if I CAN photoshop my moons into anything I want, why don’t I? Honestly, planning & chasing the moon (& self-portraits) stimulates my brain & the adventure is always so fun. It’s exciting, & there is a sense of accomplishment & glee that is uniquely delicious. I leave my more imaginative work to my paintings-I plan to dabble in digital art again, but I’ll always call it out, & mainly post to @tenay32_ep_views.
What do you think about the dishonesty in moon photography? Does a bigger moon help compensate for a severe obsession w/external validation? Another reason? Would you hire a liar?