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Original Photo — What sun damage can do to you skin

 

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Confused whether it’s original or not? Don’t be. It’s as real as they get. 

Published in The New England Journal of Medicine last year, the photo shows a 69 year old man who drove a truck for 28 years. His left side was exposed to the sun’s UV rays that caused his skin to thicken and wrinkle. 

This person should be the poster head for every campaign to raise awareness about exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays over an extended period.

So don’t forget to slap on some SPF next time you head out the door! 

 

 

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Sprouting Heads? — Photoshop Ruse

This morning while going through Pinterest (I can’t seem to get enough of that site, now that I’m detoxing from Facebook) and I I came across this picture of a woman apparently photoshopped to be carrying 9 babies. 

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The photo quickly becomes eerie if you look closely at the babies.

The photo was posted to what seems a Polish version of Pinterest. The kid’s face has been replicated 9 times and spread around the person’s clothes. The only “smart” thing the editor did was to change angles and hide the kid’s face to different degrees to give a “genuine” feel. 

Seems like it worked.

I reckon since the photo was of an African, and we are so used to seeing stereotyped versions of pictures coming out of certain nations, the editor got away with it.

Image Obsession: Beyonce’s unflattering photos from Super Bowl

The Tigress

The Tigress

So the internet is abuzz with news surrounding Beyonce’s performance and her publicist’s performance to make an utter fool of herself and her client. Following Beyonce’s exhilarating stint at the Super Bowl that received many accoladefrom all over went ahead and made her a laughing stock of the web.

The story goes that Buzzfeed uploaded 33 pictures from Beyonce’s performance titling them “33 fiercest moment” as a tribute to the star’s passion and energy. They even ended the article by calling her Queen B who runs the world!

But the star’s publicist, a symbol of the ever myopic, ever shallow herd of “image-makers”, contacted the website requesting them to take some of her pictures off the website.

Big mistake.

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Passion is never ugly. Almost never.

Within three days of Buzzfeed revealing the request by Beyonce’s publicist, her”unflattering” pictures received more attention than they would have had they been left alone.

The web responded in its own unique way. It started a chain of “unflattering Beyonce memes” that ranged from nerdy to funny thus showing once again exactly who holds the power in the internet world.

Beyonce as Hulk and at the Olympics

Beyonce as Hulk and at the Olympics

I’m not sure how much Beyonce was involved in her publicist’s actions, but this decision reeks of bad judgement.

I get in a world obsessed with stardom and filled with photoshopped perfection, it must be a panicky feeling to not have complete control over one’s image. But common sense dictates the more you try to squelch something over the web the more attention you draw to yourself.

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Aragon the wise

Unless of course that was their purpose to begin with. As the cliche goes: there’s no such thing as a bad publicity.

If that was the case, a job well done Team Beyonce.

And then there was a photoshopped hand.

A friend of mine sent me a link to this post on New York Magazine website about the cover of June’s Marie Claire which features Sarah Jessica Parker. The post focussed on SJP’s hands (yes, hands) in the cover photo.

Baby hands anyone?

The lady, Amy Odell, had shared a link to jezebel.com website where the author quoted yet another blogger in saying:

“I daresay it was not SJP who wanted her hands Photoshopped to the point of total unrecognizability. I suspect she did not request her hands to be made to look like babydoll hands stuck on the ends of the arms of a confident 45-year-old woman.”

I agree that Parker’s hands are noticeably wrinkled and that photoshop job done on them is insanely bad. 

But did everyone miss the baby-smooth skin and almost-painted neck of SJP in the picture? 

SJP’s “flawless” skin

This isn’t the first time SJP has been a victim of bad photoshopping. Take a look at Feb 2010 issue of Marie Claire Hungary:

Jaundiced much?

In an attempt to shape her jaw, someone with an editing tablet missed out an edge of left jaw giving the face a lopsided feel. 

There’s also that terrible attempt at photoshopping her hair over her right shoulder.

Now admittedly, I could find only one website (celebrity.techwoo.com) that carries the above cover from Hungary. The original covers, it seems, date back to 2008 and seems from the same photoshoot. The right one is from the Turkish version.

A more healthy looking SJP

A more healthy looking SJP

I admire a good photoshopped job. But misshaped jaws, plastic-y skin, puffy baby hands, and painted hair just kills my high. 

So I’ve landed.

This blog has primarily been made to review and critique (AND praise where applicable) photoshop jobs done on different pictures around the web and in magazines.  However, I doubt it will stick only to just that. But before I start daydreaming about what I will be writing about, let me just tell you what I’m about.

I’m a (late) 20-something woman based in Lahore. I’m obsessed with photoshop and what it has to offer. Recently I started a client-based venture “lazy vanity” which provides affordable retouching services online. I’d tell you the details but I’ll let the name speak for itself :)

Till next time.