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Really now..they’re faked?!

Posted in Activities by Sandwich on August 25, 2009
When taking pictures, we sometimes get photos which contain all the elements, colors and lighting we wish to capture.  These photos are capable of invoking the same emotions we have felt while taking them.  They are photos we would consider perfect.
There are times, however, when something stops you from appreciating photos to its full extent.  Small details–a blemish on the skin, a piece of furniture that shouldn’t have been there, a stranger smiling with your close-knit clan, a too-weak color–they distract your attention, making your photos less than perfect.
Then there are times when the imagination pieces together different photos, combining or removing different elements in order to achieve “manufactured realities.”
What can people do right now, year 2009, with almost-perfect photos?  How can people make “manufactured realities?”  They use readily available photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel or GIMP.  Cropping, changing the brightness and contrast, adding glows or shadows, blurring, liquifying, improving hues, duplicating and changing visibility of layers..these are just some of the options you get when enhancing photos.
But the people who came before us, what did they do?  Because believe it or not, humans have not changed.  Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Stalin..they had their photos edited too!  Interesting, right? 😉  They must have hired some magicians to work in their dark rooms, haha!
I came upon this article at NY Times website the other day.  They had a collection of photos for “Photo Fakery.”  Here are some, for your viewing pleasure:
Abraham Lincoln (left), the 16th President of the US, borrowed his body from John Calhoun (right), 7th vice president of the US.  Lincoln’s actual build was thinner than Calhoun’s.
Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the US, has this 1902 photo.  It is a consolidation of three other photos.
Joseph Stalin didn’t rip off his enemies’ faces from his photos.. He erased them.
Mao Tse Tung did the same as Stalin, he erased his enemies too.
Benito Mussolini just had to look macho.  That meant his helpers had to be invisible.
Spot the difference with this photo of the Kent State Shooting.  Removing the rod from behind the woman makes sense.
Sources:

When taking pictures, we sometimes get photos which contain all the elements, colors and lighting we wish to capture.  These photos are capable of invoking the same emotions we have felt while taking them.  They are photos we would consider perfect.

There are times, however, when something stops you from appreciating photos to its full extent.  Small details–a blemish on the skin, a piece of furniture that shouldn’t have been there, a stranger smiling with your close-knit clan, a too-weak color–they distract your attention, making your photos less than perfect.

Then there are times when the imagination pieces together different photos, combining or removing different elements in order to achieve “manufactured realities.”

What can people do right now, year 2009, with almost-perfect photos?  How can people make “manufactured realities?”  They use readily available photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Corel or GIMP.  Cropping, changing the brightness and contrast, adding glows or shadows, blurring, liquifying, improving hues, duplicating and changing visibility of layers..these are just some of the options you get when enhancing photos.

But the people who came before us, what did they do?  Because believe it or not, humans have not changed.  Abraham Lincoln, Joseph Stalin..they had their photos edited too!  Interesting, right? 😉  They must have hired some magicians to work in their dark rooms, haha!

I came upon this article at NY Times website the other day.  They had a collection of photos for “Photo Fakery.” Here are some, for your viewing pleasure:

lincoln

lincoln for real

Abraham Lincoln (left), the 16th President of the US, borrowed his body from John Calhoun (right), 7th vice president of the US.  Lincoln’s actual build was thinner than Calhoun’s.

ulysees

ulysees-compiled

Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the US, has this 1902 photo.  It is a consolidation of three other photos.

stalin

Joseph Stalin didn’t rip apart his pictures to remove his enemies.. He erased them.

mao

Mao Tse Tung did the same as Stalin, he erased his enemies too.

mussolini

Benito Mussolini just had to look macho.  That meant his helpers had to be invisible.

kent state

Spot the difference with this photo of the Kent State Shooting.  Removing the rod from behind the woman makes sense.

So there you have it, photo enhancements years ago.  For current photo enhancements, grab the latest magazines or go out onto the streets and be on the lookout for billboards! Haha. 😉

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/weekinreview/23marsh.html

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/08/23/weekinreview/20090823_FAKE_SS_index.html

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