"....The truth is out there."
-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Monday, August 24, 2009
-- Just to Clarify --
Thanks to Mike B., Pat C., and Julie Z. for all forwarding along the (virtually identical) responses they got from BirdLife on the controversial IBWO image commented upon in the prior post. I assume it will be ok to quote a bit of the response (from BirdLife) for clarity to everyone:
"...this is a painting, done in photoshop... it’s certainly not our intention to mislead people with this illustration. When printed or at a reasonable size this is obviously a painting. Perhaps the small size on the web site is less clear!"
I hope this satisfies everyone that there was no ill or surreptitious intent on the part of BirdLife in using the image to accompany their news release; at worst, just an unintentional lapse in judgment (and I'm not sure it was even that). I'm bettin' the BirdLife editor was a bit surprised by the mini-flurry of inquiries. Methinkest we're all a bit hyper (in different ways and directions) on the subject of the Ivory-bill ;-)
In response to the mini-flurry of objections (which I was not aware of before reading this post), BirdLife appears to have added a zoom feature to the image. Unfortunately, zooming it does nothing to dispel the impression that it's a fabulous, recent digital photo of an IBWO. And when you zoom it, you get a cutline that all but identifies it as a photograph!
If this was indeed an honest gaffe, I don't understand why BirdLife persists in allowing this photoillustration to remain unidentified for what it is. We'll see what Mr. Cofta has to say. He's a gifted artist, and his work should be identified as art, not passed off as a photograph. Especially when the world is hanging in wait of The Photograph Everyone Hopes Somebody's Going to Get.
I really don't think there's any meaning to this except for including a nice piece of visual artwork to an online article.
I assume the phrase "painting, done in photoshop" means it originated as a photograph that was digitized/'painted' in photoshop, not that it was ever an actual physical painting in the normal sense...?
Maybe because you're a professional artist and also involved in publication Julie you find all this more troubling than I (or Jochen) do, but if anything I'm more troubled by the 2nd photo I've now alluded to (Tue 8/25 post).
of the wing and excessively hunched-up posture.
Links to this post: