I gotta say that reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Even for those who think they know what it is. I sure as hell don’t. Know what it means, that is. I guess you could say it’s a synonym for “truth”. But then you’d have to define that to everyone’s satisfaction. That ought to keep you occupied for a while. It’s like they used to say on “The X – Files”:
“The Truth is Out There”
Well, yeah, maybe it is. But saying it’s out there is one thing. Telling somebody what “It” is is quite another. We’re all like eye witnesses at a trial. If there are 4 of us who “saw” the same thing, more than likely there are 4 versions of what the “truth” is. God help the defendant whose life depends on “eye witnesses”.
It’s the same with photography. Taking a picture and labelling it “reality” only tells me what your view of that elusive concept happens to be. You may be right or wrong about that, but how am I supposed to know which it is? I should take your word for it? Why? What do I do when someone else comes along with a different version?
Quit trying to connect the dots between images of things and “reality”. At best, the one might be a reflection of the other (at least in someone’s eyes). That’s all it can be.