As we all know, the human experience is unique. Your life and your opinions will never be the same as any other persons. This is why there is a subjectivity to art. When viewing and creating art, there will not be two artists who imagine the same piece. Since photography and retouching are both art forms, it would be plausible that the same applies.
Curious to see whether or not this theory was true, I posted a RAW file for people to download and edit. I was astounded to see that this theory is in fact a very real, present concept. After going through hundreds of images, here are 20 who show how diverse and how differently we all view things.
There was a total of 2200 downloads of the RAW file and 465 submissions. After spending hours carefully sifting through all the edits, I narrowed it to 20 final edits. Originally I was going to pick 10 but that was far too hard. There were so many great choices! I was totally mind-blown by how differently every person managed edited the same exact image.
Before I go ahead and post the images I'd like to share a great idea by Jermey Dexter. If all those who submitted an edit can post their edit in the comments on Facebook here, everyone will have a chance to see each others edits. If you'd like to participate in future articles or follow me, my personal Facebook page is your best bet. (You can scroll through the images quickly by just tapping on the photo. Photographers name are credited under each photo starting with the SOOC image.
Alessandro De Luca Vera Conley Martin SznapkaFelix Naresh Tirkey Zaq Ledbetter
Zalmy berkowitzStephanie MassaroRonny Lorenz Olga RadzikhMichael Del PrioreMax Jan Heinrich Jolene Fargo David Guzman Brian Ball Emmanuel Marcel-Rene Elisha Morrissey