I started this style after I switched to digital photography.
Photo Pictorialism came about in the late 19th century, after Kodak introduced their first amateur camera. The easy point and shoot photos were rejected as fine art. Critics said photographers were not creating images, they were simply recording them.
Using Various techniques such as soft focus, visible brush strokes on the print, or painting colored pigments onto the print, the pictorialists manipulated their photos to look what was considered art at the time.
Today, some critics still do not consider photography an art form. I am reviving pictorialism in my work, using photo imaging software to manipulate my digital photographs to mimic more traditional artistic disciplines.