Photoshop In the Wrong Hands – Blog
I’m not in the habit of making mountains out of mole hills. When I first saw this splashed around the internet, I laughed. What’s the big deal, I thought. So Nancy Pelosi had overstepped her bounds once again and inserted some absent female congressional members into a recent photograph she had commissioned. Who would it hurt, right? In the grand scheme of things who’ll ever look back and give a rat’s patootie who was or was not there? Unless one of the late comers was actually committing a crime during the time the photo was being taken and hoped to use it as an alibi, what’s the problem?
After thinking about it for about five minutes, I came up with another take on it. It’s ironic that Nancy Pelosi, the target of many a freakish photoshopped image of herself, see’s no problem with this photo. It’s of all of the ladies of the 113th Congress and actually a lovely, colorful photo. There’s only one issue: not all of these ladies were actually present for the taking of said photo.
I started thinking that, just because the situation is a benign one, doesn’t mean it’s not another case of trying to change the perceptions of those viewing the photo. It’s sort of a minority report version of rewriting history. Here are a few items that might put into better perspective why those in power around the world have played around with the photographed images.
But wait, this isn’t a brand new concept. The photoshop program just made easier what some have known how to do for many, many years.
What it all boils down to, for me, is two-fold. Firstly, it’s ridiculous to think that attempting to alter history is a new phenomenon. And secondly, unless you were actually present for an event, you can’t believe everything you see. Photoshopped images have actually provided me with some of the best chuckles I’ve had in the last few years. I personally like this one. Cool site too. Click on the pic and check them out.