This is one piece I’ve been meaning to write for quite a while now.

I just pretty much wrote it in a private Facebook group, so I figured I might as well come dump my raw thoughts here. I’ll be back to clean this up later. Until then, THE CASE FOR RETOUCHING.

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We don’t see people in stills. We see the them in moving images.

A photograph freezes everything and when we look at a portrait of someone, we are not interacting with that portrait the same way we would interact with a moving picture of them, like if they were right in front of you speaking to you.We don’t perceive the imperfections or the best features in say their face.

A still photograph seems to say “look at me”, “observe me”, maybe even “judge me”.

This is why I believe that retouching a portrait bridges the gap, or levels the playing field so to speak, in presenting an image of a person to the world in a photograph.

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