A recent Economist article called "Cameras get cleverer" reports on digital cameras that take multiple images at different exposures and then assembles the optimal pieces into a complete picture, assuring consistent light and detail throughout the final image. This solves the photographic problem called "clipping". If you have a digital camera you will occasionally take a photo where sections of your picture will look like they were cut out, or will flash on and off, indicating that the light is too strong or too weak for the sensors to record any detail. Film cameras have the same problem, but simply give you an image where there is no detail, in spite of what you saw through the viewfinder. This is why early photography of buildings was always done during an overcast day where sunlit surfaces were not too bright and shadows were not too dark.
In art, as in any highly unusual, complex question, be eccentric, be indirect, and always more across the grain looking for the underlying pattern.