I composed a shot, set up the camera, focused it and the backward image on the GG was a much better composition. I felt the lines flowed much better in the reversed state. If this image was not of Animas Forks CO ( a rather well known ghost town above Silverton) I would have no problem printing the neg emulsion side up. The problem is I set out to try and give the viewer a sense of place with this image. Now do I flip the neg and print an inaccurate vision that skews the sense of place for the viewer; or do i stick to reality? Will the viewer, if they were familiar with location, become hung up on the inaccurate portrayal of the location?
I am not asking you folks what i should do. I am just describing the situation I am in. This got me thinking about a problem with photographing a well known subject. I was wondering about your thoughts regarding the following two questions:
Think as a viewer of photographs, not as a photographer (I know it is hard). If you saw a photograph of a building or area that you were familiar with, printed in the reverse, would you get hung up on the innacuracy of the portrayal or would you be able to see past it? DO you feel the average, non-artist/non-photographer would be able to see past the innacuracy of the representation if they were familiar with the location?