I was raised on f/64-school photography, so I'm a bit biased. But Jennifer makes it work, IMHO. So do some others, I'll readily admit, but it's not usually my own cup of tea. (I only drink hi-resolution tea.
But how do you know its high resolution, when there is no low resolution ?
Quite right, Chris, it's one of the better ways of showing depth within a two-dimensional world.
Yup. Exactly how I see it.
And one more:
All unsharpnesses are created equal - but some are more equal than others !!!
Unsharpness caused by diffraction - I hate it! It makes mush out of an otherwise nicely differentiated image. It does not add information.
Whereas unsharpness caused by defocusing adds information (depth).
Unsharpness caused by motion also may add information (speed, movement). We had a nice example here recently.