Monday, August 18, 2008

Phony Photos

Modern technology allows us to remove unwanted people from our family photos, or to add someone the camera missed.

When [Chris Johnson] photographed a wedding for his girlfriend’s family in upstate New York a few years ago, he left a space at the end of a big group shot for one member who was unable to attend. They caught up with him months later, snapped a head shot, and Mr. Johnson used Photoshop to paste him into the wedding photo.

Now, he said, everyone knows it is phony, but “this faked photograph actually created the assumption — people kind of remember him as there.” [Link]
By the way, here's a photograph we found among my late grandmother's belongings. That's my great-grandfather Wallace Edgar Coolidge on the left, and his wife Mary Jane on the right holding my great-uncle Pete. Seated in the middle is Wallace's grandmother Jane, and right behind her is Teddy Roosevelt.

Sally J.

[Apologies for the crudeness, but...]

Chris that is pee-yr-pants funny!!

Terry Thornton

Chris, There he is -- bigger than life in that photo is Teddy! Again you are teaching me how to invent ancestors (remember the newspaper article, photo, and the gravestone?) --- now I can add my new ancestor's photo to some historical event/person and create an entirely new family history. What fun!

I'm really getting hooked on all of this as you know. LOL!

Terry Thornton
Fulton, MS

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