This is exactly the narrow thinking my diatribe was against - photography is just as well suited to "altering reality" as any other medium of self-expression. ... And what does believability have to do with it.
If "believability" was part of what someone was attempting to express, then necessarily "an other worldly feel" would be a failure. otoh if "an other worldly feel" was part of what someone was attempting to express...
the sooner the art world will fully accept photography as more than just paint-by-number snapshots produced by a machine held by someone who thinks they are creating art.
The art world does good business selling art that uses photography as medium; art museums have permanent collections of photography and annual shows
visited by 30,000 people; and art galleries promote special exhibitions
through books like The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age
'You see, the extraordinary thing about photography is that it's a truly popular medium... But this has nothing to do with the art of photography even though the same materials and the same mechanical devices are used. Thoreau said years ago, "You can't say more than you see." No matter what lens you use, no matter what the speed of the film is, no matter how you develop it, no matter how you print it, you cannot say more than you see. That's what that means, and that's the truth.' Paul Strand, Aperture 19(1), 1974.