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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
HILL COUNTRY OF MONROE COUNTY MISSISSIPPI

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