More on FAQ #1103

1103. Why are images depicting things captured in ranges outside of human vision disqualified by Q1?

On a philosophical level, Q1 reflects TCQ’s commitment to celebrating human seeing — “what one person saw, in one small corner of the world, at one unrepeatable moment in time,” as it says in #20 of the Summary page.

But there is a very practical reason as well: most of the general public is not photographically literate enough in all parts of the non-visible spectrum to be able to judge what is “misrepresentative” for all varieties of that imaging.

The general population is quite familiar with how normal photographs “work,” and most people can “read” a single-exposure, undoctored photograph without difficulty.

But the general population is not at all familiar with many varieties of “non-visible-spectrum imaging” (for example, it usually takes a trained specialist to read an MRI scan without misinterpretation).

Q1 reflects the reality that there are few forms of non-visible-spectrum imaging that the average citizen is adept at “reading” and interpreting.