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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Digital perfection


Apparently seeing no longer means believing. I guess it hasn’t for some time. For example, we all understand a photo is just a representation of the digitally-enhanced, much-better-looking version of whatever is in the photo. Not only are the models skinnier than in real life, more perfectly coiffed, and flawlessly corrected of all blemishes, but they also are virtually-enhanced and reshaped to look more gorgeous than possible in real life.  

Not just human models are digitally perfected. Animals have now gotten into digitally-contrived perfection. Sheep are “corrected” to look whiter than real sheep. Wet dogs are digitally corrected to have no stray water drops. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/21/arts/magazine-editors-and-photographers-on-retouching-photos.html?pagewanted=all
Grass is made greener, skies bluer, and all of life better. You and I no longer need to don our rose-colored glasses to see the rosy glow in all things digital. 

Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not criticizing this digitally-enhanced photo "reality." Actually, I think it makes a lot of sense.

In "reality," brides spend small fortunes, not to mention undergoing pain and suffering for “boot camp”, plastic surgeons, lipo specialists and extreme diets to look perfect in their wedding photos. Some of the latest trends for brides are truly extreme. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/15/fashion/weddings/Losing-Weight-in-Time-for-the-Wedding.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

There really is no need for brides or anyone else to endure those types of indignities as well as the lengthy and expensive ministrations of make up and hair stylists to look their best in photos. Why go to all that bother when the photographer-enhancer could do all of that at much less cost and effort. 

Food for thought. Luckily, I'm not at the stage of life to need a bridal make over. Right now, I was planning on going to the gym and then brushing my dog. But why should I? Instead, I think I’ll just photoshop the dog and me. And relax while having a drink and a snack. Cheers to all you digital photographers out there.


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