Reddit Restores WWII Veteran’s Damaged Navy Photo
Back in April, at the request of his 87-year-old grandfather, Redditor stevieboy1984 turned to the /r/PicRequests subreddit to see if anyone could clean up a scanned JPEG image file of his grandfather’s World War II-era photo taken during his service in the Navy as a submarine sonar/radar operator. After a number of people offered their photoshop wizardries to help its restoration, stevieboy1984 showed his grandfather six variations before handing him a framed version of top commenter unhi’s submission. Below’s a video of the big reveal. Grab a box a tissues, manly tears are coming.
Dove Canada uses Photoshop Trojan horse to shame potential body-shamers
In the latest round of Dove’s long-running “Real Beauty” campaign, the company leaves a Photoshop Action where photography creatives might find it, in order to sabotage the unrealistic beauty standards they may be supporting.Battles can’t always be fought like a football game, with the offense and defense meeting each other head-on. Sometimes it’s most advantageous to infiltrate the enemy for a sneak attack—which is exactly what Dove is doing in its ongoing war against unrealistically svelte depictions of women in advertising.
The decade-running “Real Beauty” campaign, which won a Grand Prix at Cannes in 2007, continues its assault on Photoshop by fighting fire with fire. Created by Ogilvy Toronto, Dove Canada’s latest endeavor is a sneaky way to hit the perpetrators of such ads right at the source—their computers.
The team at Ogilvy created the Photoshop action “Beautify”, a downloadable file that makes a change with a single click, in this case aimed at photography creatives who might be shaving the curves off of a not-even-curvy model right this very second. The company hopes to spread “Beautify” by leaving it on sites like Reddit which art directors and the like are known to frequent—presenting it as an aid for retouching.
At first blush, it appears that “Beautify” adds a healthy-looking skin glow effect to the photo. What it actually does, however, is revert photoshopped images back to their original state. Although it occurs to me that some innocent Photoshoppers (though, are any of them truly innocent?) might get caught in the crosshairs of this sneak attack, a Photoshop action can be easily undone, and so any casualties will only be mildly inconvenienced—and probably not ashamed of their bodies.
Joe Berkowitz is a staff writer for Co.Create. He has also written for The Awl, Rolling Stone, Salon, and McSweeney’s, among others. CONTINUED
The battle against photoshop in women’s magazines is not new; it’s been waging for decades, and has become especially heated in the last ten years. For the most part, though, the forces on either side of the debate have been in a stand-off for some time, sometimes nudging towards acknowledgement of the other’s validity, but never really getting anywhere long-lasting. When it comes to Seventeen magazine, that paragon of idealized (read: airbrushed) teen splendor, it fittingly took an actual teen voice (and the voices of the 84,000 people who stood behind her) to break through and take what could be one small step for the human image, one giant leap for Seventeen magazine.
The teenager in question, Julia Bluhm, is a fourteen year-old who launched an online petition on Change.org with the help of the SPARK Movement (“a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media”). The petition asked Seventeen to include at least one “unaltered, photoshop free” spread in every issue.
As Bluhm said in the petition:
I want to see regular girls that look like me in a magazine that’s supposed to be for me. For the sake of all the struggling girls all over America, who read Seventeen and think these fake images are what they should be, I’m stepping up.
At first the magazine responded with a sort of “good job kid, better luck next time” approach, but things seem to have changed now. Revealed in their August issue, Seventeen published an eight-point “Body Image Treaty,” pledging their commitement to “celebrat[ing] every kind of beauty.” This includes, according to their vow (which can be seen in the image above):
- Including “real girls and models who are healthy.”
- Never altering girls’ body or face shapes
- Being more transparent about the photo-shoot-to-publication process
This is, in a way, completely revolutionary from such a large, glossy publication. We are still obviously in the early stages of this declaration–and as such there is no way as of yet to hold them to their promises–but it certainly feels like a win to me. Baby steps are important, after all; and this one may even turn out to be a stride.
How this will manifest within the magazine itself is of course yet to be seen; but for today let’s celebrate the fact that, for once, the seemingly looming shadowy editorial figures behind one of the world’s most influential women’s magazines has agreed with something pretty darn important: That we all need the chance to see ourselves reflected in the media in unharmful ways.
(via Ms. Magazine)
This Looks Shopped: If the web guys at Iran’s semi-official Mehr News Agency wanted to give a subtle nod to Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you!), they should have chosen better than a hack Photoshop job of Jar Jar Binks (bottom middle if you missed it).
If the timeline is true, this is an amaizing artistic use of Photoshop.
To me, this looks like the video is played from back to front, though (namely, starting from a photo and gradually making it more and more a sketch).
You reblogged picturingislam:
Why do I have the suspicion this photo is a composite done in photoshop?
You can’t shoot an M16 held in this position, the recoil would blow your hands off and as the photo is composed, the carrying handle would rip the soldier’s face off upon firing. No actual soldier would ever shoot a rifle this way.
Note that none of the people photographed is actually looking at the barrel of the rifle or at the soldier! Even the boy’s stare is not really focused on either. That goes even more for the other passers-by, who completely ignore the soldier.