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Since todays digital technology has pretty much overtaken traditional film photography, how would you categorize these two images? Photograph, Digital Art, or something else? Why do I ask this question? Over the years I have entered digital photographs in juried art exhibits that have been juried by a traditional artist, an artist primarily doing paintings, drawings, sculpture, etc. and not photography as an art form, such as these two images. Invariably, the question comes up as to what medium should the image be juried as? Note, in this situation, the original image was taken with a digital camera, processed with computer software, and printed as a inkjet print. Image No. 1 was processed from a digital raw file with pretty much standard computer software enhancements, and basically looks like a Photograph. Image No. 2 is image No. 1 with further computer software enhancement to give it the look of a pencil sketch. My experience has been that most traditional artist have accepted image No. 1 to be categorized as a Photograph, similar to one processed in a traditional film/wet/chemical process, but have difficulty doing the same with image No. 2. I am making an assumption that to the traditional artist, making a photograph look like a traditional art form is no longer a photograph, nor, as in this scenario, is it a true pencil sketch. Therefore, should it be considered as a Photographic image, a Digital Art image, or some other art form, even though it started out as being a photograph taken with a digital camera and not a film camera?
Comments are welcomed and I would ask that you share this with your photographer/traditional artist friends for their comments. Also, if I'm bringing up a non-issue, I'd appreciate hearing that too.