Remember the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White and Rose Red? These two roses were shot in natural light and have not been altered in any manner.
Today's Guardian has an interesting piece about how the pop icon Madonna has issued a sepia-tinted photograph, to try to aid her adoption case in Malawi.
Here's the "snow white" photo in sepia. Is it true that the softness of sepia helps influence our reactions? Should the use of sepia be considered art or a form of propaganda? I think it's a little of both, depending upon the subject matter.
I sometimes use sepia, particularly for photographs of antiques, to reflect the period in which they were created. Or I may use sepia to lend atmosphere or romance to a photo. But I don't use it in a political way or to try to change someone's opinion, which clearly is Madonna's intent. What do you think about sepia-tinted photographs? Art, manipulation or both?
P.S. Still struggling with the issue of photo theft. Another blogger has used one of my photos without permission. Over the past few months, I've sent three separate emails, politely asking her to either (a) credit the photo or (b) remove the image. As she has ignored these messages - including one left directly on the post in which she's used my photograph - I guess the next step is to contact her blog host and issue a take-down notice. Have you had a similar experience?