I don't like the word manipulation. There is an element of dishonesty or corruption in the definition and i don't believe that art is dishonest or corrupt.
We express ourselves in different ways and through art we influence people. If we alter a person's perspective or inspire them towards a certain action we are not manipulating them, they have been inspired to explore something.
If we take a photograph and experiment with it or skillfully alter it in some way we are being creative, not manipulative.
Most of my art is photographic based, but it has evolved away from it's already digital roots. I am interested in evolving images, not manipulating them.
They say that 'the camera never lies', of course it does. the truth only exists in the moment. Now is the truth, yesterday, history is as distorted and unreal as fantasy.
We learn selective pieces of history which are not necessarily even true and we take selective photos.
I don't particularly like reality, art is an escape from that. It is another world and without it reality would be a greater hell than it often already is.
We need to create more and not allow ourselves to be manipulated away from our passion in life towards some banal chore of living in a real world that we seem powerless to improve.
Analogue is paper and chemicals, film, lens and mechanical.
Rather than decide where photography ends and photo-manipulation begins, in this digital place i now ignore the terms photo and manipulation in favour of image and art.
We are simply expressing ourselves and we do not need to be labelled and categorised. We do not need a pigeonhole or any kind of straight jacket to define ourselves as humans or artists. These restraints would be a good example of manipulation.