Over at the Luminous Landscape, one of the better online photography magazines, I was reading an article by the publisher and primary author there Michael H Reichmann entitled the Levels of Abstraction. In this essay he questioned the validity and the existence of The Grand Inquisition of Photographic Judges and Arbiters. Well Mick I am here to tell you they exist and their high priest is Derek Powazek, the editor of JPG Magazine.
A couple of days ago I posted an article there telling people of a way to use their editing software to achieve the Lensbaby look for their photographs. The Grand Inquisitor, in his wisdom pulled the images associated with the piece that illustrated what to expect when working through the process after about 36 hours for and I quote “Overt digital alterations, including cutouts. Adjustments to color and sharpness are fine. Just don't go nuts with the Photoshop.” I consequently pulled the article, for without its visual illustrations it was half the essay. You can see the essay with its attendant photographs here.
So folks take a photograph using a Lensbaby and as far as JPG magazine is concerned it is fine, create the same effect on a straight photograph using the dreaded Photoshop and it will never darken the pages of the JPG Magazine nor its web site
What a load of crap!
My advice for all the Grand Inquisitors out there, for what it is worth, is welcome to the 21st Century and all of its ways to express one’s love for the photographic image. The Ludites died out in the 19th Century, you should really try and catch up.