BRONZING A GOLD MEDAL: HOW PHOTOS ARE RUINED BY OVER-PHOTOSHOPPING
I've seen tons of photos lately on social media where photographers have taken a decent composition and ruined it but turning it into kitsch. The light values that perhaps drew them to the subject become flattened out and abstracted. It is quite easy to work in reverse and see what they've done, which sliders, etc. I saw a wonderful shot of an abandoned ship lying on its side in the breakwater that the photographer then turned into a decorator painting that completely removed the grit and pathos of the shot. I find this a form of visual pollution.