Never Presume

January 13, 2009 ·

Michael Reichmann

Canon 20D with 17-85mm f/5.6 IS lens at ISO 3200

The old saying has it that pictures don’t lie. Well, of course they do. They have ever since the invention of photography. Today’s digital technology just makes it easier.

But I’m not thinking about darkroom or Photoshop trickery this time. Instead, just an illustration of how ones presumptions can be just as misleading.

Look at the above photograph, including an enlarged version, which can be seen by clicking on it.

Who are these people, and what are they doing? Are they prisoners? Are they refugees? Why and where are they being detained?

Think about if for a few minutes, and thenclick here for the answer.


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Michael Reichmann is the founder of the Luminous Landscape. Michael passed away in May 2016. Since its inception in 1999 LuLa has become the world's largest site devoted to the art, craft, and technology of photography. Each month more than one million people from every country on the globe visit LuLa.

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