Gove: Photoshop use isn’t the problem

“We know perfectly well what women look like. We know when images are spurious — no paternalistic formal disclaimer needed. Let’s cope with our image-drenched environment (by some counts, 3,000 ads accost us every day) by teaching young women (and men) to cultivate the same critical skills we urge them to exercise when reading, a more complex task than pointing gleeful fingers at graphic misdemeanors. The problem isn’t altered photographs; it’s our failure to alter our expectations of them,” — Amanda Fortini.

I take photographs sometimes. I use Photoshop and other software. I think the finished images are more pleasing or more interesting because of that.

Advertisers publish images dependent on their editorial styles. Magazines have their own look. Folks purchase them because of that, not because what is presented looks like the girl next door.

The women in my life use makeup, have their hair cut in certain styles by one hairdresser. They wear clothing in selected colors, styles, fabric. Women I was acquainted with in the past wore specific perfumes, claiming them as their own “signature scent.”

Do we assume spokespersons for newscasts look the way they did when they got out of bed this morning? Did they just wash their face, dress and get in front of the cameras?

“A great image is a great image, and it loses nothing if we learn that Photoshop was a big part of it. And remember, anyone that does give you a hard time about it probably isn’t that good at Photoshop. So don’t justify or make excuses when showing your work. If someone asks if Photoshop was used, you simply say, ‘Of course!’” — Matt Kloskowski.

I have faith our youth today can learn the difference between reality and fantasy.

Parent your kids, teach them fantasy from reality, that’s part of your job. As for me, I’m not buying the argument Photoshop is a demon distorting young girls minds, causing them to ascribe to unrealistic body image values. How many girls grew up playing with Barbie?

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it” — Ansel Adams.

Michael A. Gove

La Grande