December 30, 2018, 8:04:43 am - South of Carmel, California
Photographers tend to keep their cards close to their chest, not revealing their process which is probably a good thing. It's like a magician keeping the curtain closed. However, if one is selling you reality, especially photojournalists, photos must be honest. I would be wrong to make viewers believe this image is real - it's not. It has been heavily manipulated. I'm not saying we should go around screaming PHONEY at our work, but at the same time we shouldn't pawn it off as authentic. One can reveal the nature of their work through an artist statement, a preface, title, etc. Or, maybe just not say anything.