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Re: UFO Photos The Future - Shell

From: Bob Shell <bob.nul>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 10:25:22 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2007 12:11:56 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Photos The Future - Shell

>From: Dave Haith <visions.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <UFOupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 10 Mar 2007 19:16:08 -0000
>Subject: UFO Photos The Future

>What I'd be interested to hear from other Listers is 'When do
>you think technology will produce the kind of cameras and camera
>ownership necessary to produce such a mass of evidence that the
>physical reality of this phenomena will be hard for even the
>mainstream press, to deny?'

I've been a professional photographer and writer about
photography since the early 70s. I've watched photography
change, slowly through the 70s and 80s, and very rapidly since
the advent of digital imaging in the early 90s.

In its earlier days most people accepted photography as a
rendering of the truth. In fact, it never was. Early
photographers cut and pasted negatives and prints to create
composite images, "news" photographers like the ones working for
Matthew Brady rearranged battlefield scenes and had people pose
as dead soldiers. During the era of Life and Look, the news
magazines, they always created the image that their photos were
truth, but we now know that some of their most famous
photographers posed images and manipulate their photos in the
darkroom. One of their most revered photographers, W. Eugene
Smith, is now known to have made images that were from
sandwiched negatives and manipulated in other ways.

The point is that photography was never truth.

Think about photographs as evidence in court. A photograph, by
itself, is evidence of nothing. It must have substantiating
testimony before it can be admitted into evidence as a
representation of a real place or event. Today, with digital
imaging, the whole roll of photos as evidence is being

As for photography ever proving the reality of UFOs, it never
will. There will always be those who challenge any photographic
evidence, and we are back to the substantiating testimony. Any
experienced trial lawyer will tell you that eyewitness testimony
is the least reliable of all evidence. When you have blurry UFO
photos substantiated by eyewitness testimony, you have the worst
of all worlds.

People who do not believe in UFOs are not going to find any
photo, any testimony, compelling. If a UFO crashes on their
lawn, they will find a way to rationalize it into being
something else. If an alien comes up and slaps them on the butt,
they will go into profound denial. Until we change their world
view to encompass UFOs, we won't get anywhere with these people.

Bob Shell

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