Photography gives me the opportunity to let my imagination run wild. It's all about story telling. Capturing bits of light and passing moments gives each person with a camera the ability to tell the story of us. The camera itself is just one tool in my photographic tool box that allows me to tell stories. However, the most important tool I have at my disposal is Photoshop.
Photoshop in recent years, seems to have gotten a negative reputation in mainstreet. Videos of models being completely transformed using the tool are often used to bolster this view. Many complain that Photoshop distorts reality and our perception of what is beautiful. It's true... It does. However, I'd like to argue that Photography is an art. Often times art can be a representation of what is possible versus "what is". It can be an expression of feeling, rather than a duplication of reality.
Photography serves different purposes depending on the shooter. A Photojournalist shoots to tell an accurate depiction of an event or time period. This is a much different agenda compared to a Fine Art Photographer whose objective is to create beauty.
To me, Photographers can utlize Photoshop as a tool to differentiate themselves and develope their own individual style. Let's face it, there are only so many different angles you can shoot of the Statue of Liberty... But, like a child with a box of crayons, if you are not afraid to color outside of the lines you can make something truly unique and beautiful that no one else sees.