Oh, and to address your point about people accepting "horrible quality"... As an April Fool's joke on another photography forum, I decided that I would post a truly horrible photo and announce that it's my new style. It seemed simple enough as an idea until I went about trying to create an image that I thought most people would think is truly horrible. If I couldn't come up with something wretched enough, nobody would get the joke. It turned out to be a lot harder than I expected it to be because I know how easily pleased most people are. No matter what I did and how horrible I thought it was, my experiments resulted in photos that resembled ones I've seen praised. I kept going back to the drawing board, thinking, "No, someone might actually like that." I finally came up with this masterpiece:
I'm happy to say that they got the joke!
This is one of the greatest artistic pieces I've ever seen, and the numerous metaphors are perfect.
We fence ourselves off from the beauty of nature, out of guilt for what we have done to it (refineries, sewage, strip mining, etc.), and at the same time our busy world (as noted by the blur) prevents us from being able to stop and enjoy it. The finger is from the hand of a desperate soul who has the epiphany that says, "Look at what we've done."
The above-ground wiring is also the perfect frame for the photo, which emphasizes our need for nature, but how we only seem to interact with nature online through digital photography instead of actually getting out in nature.
the dramatic colors, seemingly distorted or over-cooked, are actually there to remind us that we cannot ever reproduce the reality of a landscape with a camera/computer combination, no matter how hard we try. Only by walking among the plants and mountains can we truly experience them. No amount of added color can replace the true God-given hue of the great outdoors.
The added dust-specks might make most people think you need to clean your sensor, but I'm wise enough to see that it's yet another well-placed metaphor that says, "Yes, the sky is beautiful, but it's flawed as a result of our careless consumption of fossil fuels." Genius, I tell you.
Overall, the picture's theme is, "The beauty of this world is passing us right by, and we better stop and pay attention before it all vanishes."
I sense Pulitzer. Heck, that piece should get a Nobel Peace Prize. If enough people view that photograph and understand its deeper meaning, they might change the way they interact with their fragile world. Once the number of people reaches the tipping point, we'll truly have a new awakening of environmentalism and real action to save this planet.
Finally, the small water tank and walled-in patch of grass speaks volumes of the irony we humans create when we make ourselves a small slice of nature, watered artificially, so we can savor what God made, when right behind us (if we'd just point and look) is the real nature. It's right there.
Sadly, only one person can see it (whoever owns that finger), and the fact that all we see is a finger means it could be anyone and everyone.
I'd call it a masterpiece for sure.