Self-portrait feedback

On the self-portrait I published in the previous post (see here), I received a number of comments. Some people didn’t like the fact that the wet plate artifacts (or markings) crossed my face, especially my nose and eyes. In my opinion, the unpredictability of the chemical process is one of the characteristics of the wet plate. This applies, of course, to the original workflow and the way it was done back in the 19th century. My workflow is strictly digital and the end result, therefore, to be manipulated. This is true. And, yes, I also tweak the filter and texture settings to get the result I want. But every now and then I like to leave some of the markings as they are. So, if a scratch happens to be across my nose and eyes, so be it. This could have happened with the true wet plate process as well. Is the photograph therefore a failure? Not to me.

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