Sunday, May 6, 2007


I spent today learning the intricacies of retouching photographs in Photoshop. It's a wonderful thing in some ways, terrifying in others. You create this fantasy that looks like you, but somehow is not you. Will you be satisfied with yourself after staring at yourself as the perfect mannequin? I'm all for some touch-up work, but as a photographer, I prefer to keep as much of the real person as I can. I don't want to make them thinner, blow their mouth up, change the shape or color of their eyes etc. When I am gifted with the opportunity to take someones photograph, I want the essence of that person, not a totally made over phony person.

A little Def Leppard to reflect on this thought of "Photograph":

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