This is an image I shot shortly before I went to Iraq. It is a "straight" photo in the sense that the distortions you see are not Photoshop manipulations; what you see here is what your eye would have seen if it was placed where the camera lens was located when the shot was exposed.
It's a bit different than my usual stuff, but after reading the abstraction thread I thought I'd give it a whirl here. Its merits are obviously not based in subject fidelity, so the standard technical criteria are not as applicable. Or are they? If so, how? And is this image more "art" than "photography", or is it some other category?
Constructive comments (positive and negative) welcome, as usual. But anyone complaining about excessive chromatic aberration will receive fifty lashes with a fragmented TCP/IP packet.