I'm just not comfortable with the word 'improve' at all. Using Steve McCurry as an example is interesting. The idea of the unrelated meeting (perhaps a well-off Indian boy against a backdrop which connotes poverty) would be a fabrication of physical or social truth, but visually, might sing. Nature has only been 'improved' upon in that case, by telling us stimulating lie. The word 'improve' then becomes a little too provocative, political even. It's difficult for us to comprehend the culture and diversity of a massive country - we can only have some visual understanding of its nature, through control and arrangement - a Steve McCurry picture.
Originally Posted by markbarendt
Also, thinking of airbrushing on magazine covers - is this 'improving upon nature, through control and arrangement'? It's a dangerous word.
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