Photography: A Subjective Representation of Reality

After all, a camera is merely a tool that was made to mimic the human eye. Although it can perfectly recreate an image according to the law of perspective, it does not capture the reality “as seen” or “as thought” like Cezanne and Magritte tried to portray. Digital modification is needed to express the artist’s subjective perception. The image modified by the artist is an intended representation using the camera as a tool—as a brush to a painter—and the artist’s subjective reality.

A Man in the Flower Garden #1

A Man in the Flower Garden #1

Sijong Kim deliberately borrows expressions from Magritte’s paintings to have the audience realize that the photograph in front of them is a representation expressing the artist’s subjective reality. He also wants the audience to question the correlation between what we see and the actual reality.