Ever since the immense success of Loretta Lux people will find it hard to ignore digitally manipulated photos simply on the basis of how they were created. Ruud van Empel also works with digital manipulations, and his portfolio is quite a bit more varied. Needless to say, after this introduction people will compare his work with Loretta Lux’s - but that was probably inevitable anyway. In any case, look at, for example, this absolutely fantastic photo; also Works 5 contains lots of photos that only invite comparisons. As it turns out, that’s what people did at the latest Photo LA.