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February 20th, 2006


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FluidEffect.com: Celebrity before and after. (Click on "portfolio", click on "agree", click on "before/after". It's fascinating.)

And here's my own little before and after.

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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:anghara
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
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On almost every single pic on that website my reaction to the "before" was "these are real people" and to the "After" it was "these are mannequins". They may look perfect but every ounce of personality and of the lives that they have lived has been leached out of their face.

I think wrinkles are earned. It puts a whole new meaning on reading between the lines.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
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They're celebrities, they only have personas, not personalities. Just kidding.

Portraiture, of the kind on this website, has always been designed to flatter. Even Edward Weston retouched the commercial portraits he took, as much as he hated to.
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From:bibliofile
Date:February 21st, 2006 05:21 am (UTC)
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my reaction to the "before" was "these are real people"
Me, too. Real people, whose skin folds and is lumpy (except for the woman with the implants) and who have freckles AND wrinkles.

My second thought was how much more painful it would have been to do all this work before Photoshop was available.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 21st, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
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Some of it would have been impossible, I think, particularly smoothing skin until it's no longer porous.
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From:akirlu
Date:February 22nd, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
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Oh, no the smoothing skin part has been done for yonks. It's called airbrushing for a reason.
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From:akirlu
Date:February 20th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
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Also some interesting before/after stuff under the rubric composition/manipulation. I think of the straight before/after shots, the creepiest ones are where they take already skinny women and edit a wedge out of the body to make them impossible. Although the manipulations where whole people are edited in or out are interesting too, from the question-photographic-"reality" perspective.
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From:holyoutlaw
Date:February 21st, 2006 08:50 am (UTC)
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There's never been any such thing as photographic reality.
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From:akirlu
Date:February 22nd, 2006 03:32 am (UTC)
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Oh, true enough. I have a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt that includes a photo where I'm quite sure that the head of Franklin D. has been pasted in onto the body of whoever the man was who was really sitting opposite Eleanor at that sunlit cafe table -- you can tell because the shadows and light-source just don't match quite right. But the ability to make the edits if not seamless, then certainly requiring far more eye-training is striking. Like the shot of Tom Cruise and whoever edited into just Tom Cruise, where I'm moderately sure the photoshop artist used a flopped image of his left arm to sub for his edited-away right arm.

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