First of all, I'd like to thank AOL Mail for displaying daily top news in a convenient, small Flash slideshow appearing as soon as I log in. It's an excellent service (also where I got the last blog entry from), that does not interfere with viewing my mail and since I barely get to watch any TV let alone have time to watch the news, it keeps me posted on all the hot topics so I gain at least a small chance of having intelligent conversation from day to day. :-)
This headline that caught my attention about 5 minutes ago:
Photo credit: Sonya N. Hebert, Dallas Morning News
Clearly the same photo (they use the same picture for the yearbook and ID cards) but the body is clearly altered as well as her hair.
First of all, I think this is so absurd that I'd swear journalists make this kind of stuff up, but it's real. It's hard to believe as an editor who publishes numerous photos of mainly people, and newspapers are disposable. What I mean by that is, people read a newspaper and generally throw it away or recycle it as an impromptu umbrella or gift wrap. A yearbook is a keepsake of cherished memories, a place where students attempt to present themselves at their best, that I'd like to say is priceless but are usually upward of $100 in most high schools today. My junior high year books were $50 and only a quarter of the size of the high school year book, which my little brother, a junior, just paid $85 for.
It's just ridiculous that anybody would consider altering these photos let alone actually doing it.
I do think the request to have the heads the same size and the eyes line up doesn't make sense. How did the high school expect Lifetouch to do that with out altering the appearance of the students? I could understand making the top of the heads line up, or perhaps the shoulders...
Regardless of the picky request, the employee who did this deserves to lose his/her job, and I sincerely hope nobody in the photography industry hires them again.