Upload & Sell: On
Thank you, Bubba, rbiffl, ksegedi, and Carl.
I feel honored to have started the string of the week. This image also got a lot of action on flickr. Like here, most comments have been positive, but several viewers are put off by the processing that calls attention to the freckles.
When I posted this on my blog, I referenced a project by fine art photographer Fritz Liedtke called "Astra Velum" - Veil of Stars (how is that as a metaphor for lots of freckles?). His processing is far more sophisticated, but it also emphasized the freckles http://fritzphoto.com/arts/astra-velum/
I e-mailed Fritz, and asked if he was ever concerned about taking advantage of a person by emphasizing something (freckles). This is from his reply: "Couldn't it be said that we take advantage of every single person we photograph, since we are capturing something of them (their appearance) to use for our own ends as artists? That's what artists--in all media--do."
How about pictures of nude women? There is clearly no 'final word' on this, but it is food for thought.