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EMOTION IN Analog Photography.

emotion in Analog Photography

The emotionality of Analog Photography and the synthesis of emotions created
through artificial intelligence

German artist Boris Eldagsen won first prize in the “Creativity” category of the Open section of the Sony World Photography Award with his image “PSEUDOMNESIA | The Electrician.”

However, he rejected the award after revealing that the image had been generated by artificial intelligence.

He did so with a ‘planting’ during the awards ceremony: in fact, at the resumption of the announcements of the winners of the various categories, the ‘photographer’ unexpectedly came on stage and with an unscheduled outburst launched his statement of rejection of the award, leaving the staff and presenters on stage in visible embarrassment.

"They are different entities. AI is not photography. Therefore I will not accept the award."

Emotion in Analog Photography and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

The emotionality of analog photography and the synthesis of emotions created through artificial intelligence (AI) represent two completely different and complementary approaches in the world of art and visual communication.

Emotion in Analog Photography:

Analog Photography is like time travel. He captures moments with a unique sensitivity, imprinting on film what can no longer happen existentially. Each shot is an opportunity to imprison the emotion of the moment, making it unique and unrepeatable. When we look at an Analog Photograph, we perceive not only the visual image, but also the feelings that accompanied it: the coldness of the air, the smell of the flowers, the taste of the wind. It is a multisensory involvement that goes beyond mere viewing. Analog Photography is a universal language. Through its imperfections, scratches on the film and shades of gray, it manages to communicate real emotions. It is not just a matter of aesthetics, but of emotional depth.

Synthesis of Emotions by Artificial Intelligence (AI):

AI is like a digital alchemist. It turns data into emotions, algorithms into poetry. It does not have a beating heart, but it can simulate emotions that sometimes manage to touch us deeply. Through AI, we can create art, generate music, write poetry. However, these emotions are simulated, based on mathematical models. They do not have the same authenticity as those experienced by human beings. AI is a bridge between the human and the digital. It offers us new perspectives, new forms of expression, but it cannot replace human experience.

In summary, analog photography brings us closer to the essence of the real moment, while AI through its binary language, seeks to synthesize human experiences and emotions.

L'emozione nella fotografia analogica

EMOTION IN Analog Photography.

In sorting through my photo archive, amidst dust and memories, I found the negatives of my wedding. Five Kodak 100iso rolls and an Ilford FP4 200iso, mute witnesses to a day that seemed now to belong to another life. But 37 years later, those negatives have returned to illuminate the present with the light of the past.
The idea of reprinting them in black and white stemmed from a desire to relive those moments with a new perspective, through the eyes of maturity and experience. And so, as the images took shape on paper, I felt a whirlwind of emotions and memories growing inside me, like waves crashing on the shore of memory.
Reviewing those moments, those smiles, those looks, was like a time travel, a dive into the depths of the soul. And as tears streamed down my face, I realized how powerful the power of the image was to stir emotions, to revive moments that seemed lost in time.
Yet, despite the intensity of that moment, I felt a question arising in me that has stayed with me the whole time: what is the difference in emotionality between Analog Photography and synographies made through artificial intelligence (AI)? It was a question that led me to reflect on the very nature of emotion, its connection to human experience, and its ability to transform our inner world.
Analog Photography is like a journey into the past, a dive into the depths of the soul. With its unique texture, its bold contrasts, it manages to capture the essence of a moment, to stop time in an eternal instant. It is a universal language, able to speak directly to the heart, to arouse emotions beyond words.
On the other hand, synographies made through artificial intelligence (AI) represent an evolution of the concept of emotion itself. With their mathematical precision, their ability to analyze and interpret data, they are able to generate images that can arouse emotions, even if they are synthetic. They are like a distorted reflection of our human experience, a window open to new and unexplored worlds.
Ultimately, the difference in emotionality between analog photography and AI synographies lies in their very nature.
While the former is imbued with authenticity and depth, the latter is imbued with a kind of cold beauty, a beauty that defies the very boundaries of our perception.

EMOTION IN Analog Photography.

EMOTION IN Analog Photography.

EMOTION IN Analog Photography.

EMOTION IN Analog Photography.

EMOTION IN Analog Photography.

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