I wonder sometimes about the images we capture. Are we trying to capture what we see or are we trying to portray what we want people to perceive we feel.
I think, most of the time, as photographers, we don't feel anything real at the time of capture. We see the light and think "This will come up great!" We capture the image with a notion that, at some point, it will make us feel something and we, for the most part, manipulate the capture to convey that feeling. The question then is: Are we true to ourselves and are we manipulating the people who see and respond to our work?
I guess the notion of trying to make people believe what we want them to isn't new. It extends right through the art world into journalism and social media and it's hard sometimes to realise that most of what we see isn't real.
Canon 5Dmiii, EF35mm L @ 35mm, ISO400, f/6.3, 1/30s