Photography is a fairly recent tool as a medium of art. The first photograph was made in the early 1800s, and in less than 200 years since, you can say that photography as changed the world. Yet, because of its innate ability to capture a literal representation of a scene, photography has been compared endlessly with older art forms such as painting, drawing and so on.
The purpose of this series is to examine what we mean by a realistic portrayal of a scene. Paintings and drawings often convey a strong emotional content (or the good ones anyway), which combined with great technique leads to a realistic portrayal of a scene. When I say realistic, I mean that the art conveys the true interpretation of a scene by the artist. Literalness is not realism in this sense, as anyone who has seen ho-hum snapshots can tell you.