The word paradox refers to everything contradicted and beyond any expectation. It comes from the greek words “para + doxa”, which means despite what one thinks and expects. In photography, paradox was connected with the analogical process of capturing the image. Analog presents reality as it is, through a medium that lucks a code in order to be decoded; it’s analogous. In other words, when I observe an analogical photo is like I can see directly the real scene. But the truth is that the frame, the distance and the perspective from the scene, what one may call art of photography, can alter the objectiveness of the photo, even if it resembles the objects as they are. And, the object in the photograph will always be an impression, not real.
The paradox that analog photography had contained as a mean without a code, have been surpassed in the digital world by the decode of the binary code in digital camera.
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“The paradox is the source of the thinker’s passion, and the thinker without paradox is like a lover without feeling: a paltry mediocrity”. Soren Kierkegaard