When does a photograph cease to be a photograph?

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I have made up a little gallery for this post of some new works to show the stages of going from point A to points B, C, D, and so on and I ask you “when does the piece become something other than a photograph?”  The topic is some farmland near my home which was formed by sand and wind into interesting rolling shapes.  Add a little contour farming practice running different crops across the downslope to reduce erosion and some lines drawn by the plow and planter, and patterns that fascinate me emerge.  In the making of Landwaves3, it appeared to me that the curves of the top of the hill and the waves from the contour strip almost fit together, so I made a second copy of Landwaves3source, turned it upside down, placed it on top of the original and erased the ridge line.  Is Landwaves3 less of a photograph than its source?

Similarly with Landwaves1, I liked the contours so I just repeated them three times.  Let me know what you think about this philosophical question.

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