View more of Stanmeyer’s photographs from the July 2014 issue of National Geographic here.
Are these manipulated images, rendered via a computer process?
Yes, deliberately doing so with complete consciousness and purpose—I care about communication, allowing the viewer to think in expanded ways. Whether the photograph is from a whatever megapixel camera (by the way, I don’t even know what a megapixel means), printed then scribbled on with my pen, or I carve an image onto a rock no different than a petroglyph created by our brothers and sisters thousands of years ago, all that matters is if I made you feel. Elicited thought. Inspired hope or action.
The Beatles resting in their George V Hotel room, Paris, 1965