More on FAQ #218

218. What if I don’t think ANY photograph can ever be a perfect representation of a three-dimensional scene?

(This is a response to Q7, which says that a TCQ photograph cannot be a misrepresentation of the scene that was photographed.)

Then you’re in the right place, because your perspective is the same as TCQ’s.

This website points out on numerous pages that no two-dimensional photograph can ever be a perfect representation of a three-dimensional scene the way humans see the scene.

Limitations
of the medium make that impossible.

But to say that “no photograph can be a perfect representation” is not the same as saying “all photographs are misrepresentative.”

Literally billions of those “imperfect representations” are not considered by their creators — or by their audience, or by rinairs — to be “misrepresentative.”

See also #231, which instead of the term “representations” uses the term “portrayals.”*

Of course, plenty of photographs ARE considered to be “misrepresentative” by reasonable people, so the Trust Checklist includes Q7 to have rinairs help sort out which photographs are which.

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*Because the word “representation” has so many meanings in English — representation in the national legislature, representation in court — the word “portrayal” is often substituted for it on this website except on pages (like this one) that specifically connect the term “representation” to “misrepresentation.”