Deviant Art has a group called The--Cutting--Edge, which deals with images that are beyond ordinary photography, going outside the box, making statements within the image. I call this wheels within wheels, something I do often with my documentary photographs. There is a great joy in finding hidden extra images within an image, sometimes it might take many views before what becomes obvious is now visible.
I have found semantics to be tricky business. What somethings means varies greatly depending on your experiences and how or where you were raised. For me cutting edge goes beyond the image, it encapsulates action and how you merge with the others you encounter and our world at large.
For my audience, who knows my style of journalism, you will notice I get in close to my subjects, as it makes the image better, more dramatic, and allows you as the viewer to be part of the action. This takes chutzpa, balls, or at least a bit of risque, approaching strangers in such an intimate style. This is cutting edge as well, and this is before the picture is even taken.
Since the mid 1960s and actually before as well, I have carried one or more cameras with me, daily. I stop when I can, while most others will continue on. I always try to repay the subject with an image, even turning the camera over to them, as a fair play measure of letting them take my image, as I have just done with them. This is cutting edge, as I encounter and repay their time and give them the benefit of my experience.
There are some on dA who make a living with sales and points for their work. This is fine and good. I prefer to give nearly everything I display to the public, as it was given to me when I took it. To date I have accumulated some 25 points in 5 years. I display to improve my work and gain knowledge from you, my audience, saving me much effort in deciding what best to exhibit. If you enjoy what I offer, go ahead and download the image, just give me photo credit. If you really wish to have it on your wall, in highest quality, that can be arranged. If you know where my images might best belong, pass it on, and see how I feel.
Many possibilities are open to one who carries a camera daily. One has only to stop and ask.