Cute but controversial:
Four days ago, Indonesia-based photographer Tri Joko put up an extremely adorable photo called Snoop on photo sharing site 500px. Not only did 10,000 people view that photo in one day, it raised a storm of controversy as fellow photographers started to call “foul,” or in other words, “this is photoshopped.” Two days after the photo went up, Joko answered back to the criticism with a blog post on his website that stated that he had placed the photo in the “Fine Art” category for a reason and that it was, indeed, a combination of two separate images. The 16-month-old child and the cat were placed together, looking as if they were spying on the same thing.
Here were a few negative and positive comments from 500px:
“Cool idea, but this is heavily photoshopped, right? The paw somehow looks misplaced to me.” – Lukas Grumet
“It’s interesting and controversial to say that photos can’t be retouched, even be photoshopped. Retrospectively, all the traditional paintings are all artificial work, aren’t they? So how do we define an art work? I believe that the beauty of this picture should be more profound in the scene instead of how it is made.” – Lanny Yeh
(Image courtesy of Tri Joko)