Adrian Donoghue, 87,Creative Flair Category, Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year Competition 2015
Before the digital workflow that we all take for granted today, photographers used to dream of being like artists, of starting with a blank canvas and having complete creative control. Today, photographers can choose to be artists if they wish, beginning with an idea rather than an observation.
However, if you are working as an artist, it's important you meet a high standard. A look at the history of art and the more recent history of digital photography will show that the best artists and photographers don't just put things together anywhere, they arrange the elements deliberately and purposefully.
Some photographers when they begin playing with multiple exposures and 'cutting and pasting' don't appear to think too much about where their new objects are placed into the background, or how they sit in relation to everything else. Composition and framing are incredibly important - and that's something that Adrian Donoghue obviously understands.
His entry reminds me of the artist Jeffrey Smart and George Orwell's book, 1984. But more importantly, note how carefully the umbrella has been positioned, the line of the dark clouds above, the positioning of the tree. The repetition of the seats is very strong. Also, look at the colour palette - Adrian could have used as many colours as he wished, but he has created a very strong image by limiting the colour range.
To some extent, this approach applies to both found and created photographs, it's just that when you are creating something from scratch, there really aren't any excuses for not getting things into appropriate positions.