In the last few years, with so much “controversy” over photographs being “manipulated”—from Steve McCurry to World Press Photo Awards—I find that there is quite a lot to be said in this community about the notion of photography and documenting “reality,” and “staying as close as possible” to what it is we think we see, or want to see.

In short, I find that the safe arguments tend to lean towards “no manipulation,” which essentially limits the photographer’s gaze to her/his gear and to the specific “assignment” on hand.

Meanwhile, I am personally more interested in how photography can break down the “rules” that seem to hound it, rather than merely following a tradition.

This is a photo series that seeks to comment on the photographer’s wish to both document “reality,” and impose her / his own subjectivity onto the act.

—Matthew Wylie