Basic pixels don’t mean basic image

At the gym today I saw an extremely low resolution image of a man demonstrating an exercise. I went up close to the image and realized the quality of the image was terrible and I could easily count the number of pixels across. The strange thing was how well I could understand and define the subject however. I could even tell his facial expression. The photo attached shows that even though the number of pixels is unbelievably low, we still understand the image, minus some more focused details. I thought this was interesting after we discussed the need for each pixel to have a purpose and reflected on how the combination of a smaller number of pixels can have a huge affect on a composition.

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