I thought I would start a new topic of discussion, merely seeking to engage in an area of documentary/street/people photography where so many of the images we see today are too nice. Now in order to prevent misunderstanding here let me elaborate: Nicely composed images, strikingly sharp, spring-cleaned tonalities and generally cleaned up warts and blemishes on images that, in reality, were perhaps aesthetically unpleasing at the time of capture. This is what I mean by: life is not perfect, so why should we make the image too presentable, have we been sub-conciously trained by the media at large, the photography tutorials and the gift of creating perfection in photoshop? by the way I love what photoshop can do, and I too have been sucked into the cleanliness teaching and the present day aurora of what has been deemed as an excellently presented image. Are blown out highlights always to be frowned upon? Does this show"un-professionalism"? And so as to eleviate miscontrued ideas here, I am not advocating thoughtless, happy-go-lucky image making. Maybe this discussion might go somewhere edifying, regards, Chris.