Where are the faces?

Question: In recent weeks I've noticed a number of photos of individuals whose heads have been cropped or not photographed at all. Or the subject is facing away from the camera so we can only guess who it is. Even a horse and rider were reduced to only horse ears and a riding helmet. Is this a new trend? This reader still likes to see faces, even columnists' faces! -- Kathy Berrigan, Kettle Falls

Answer: This is not a new trend. Unfortunately, in our haste to be creative, to provide a new angle on something that is otherwise familiar, we can allow artistic values to overtake news values. Sometimes the best photo is the simplest. This e-mail is a timely reminder. -- Steve Smith, editor

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