Looking at the Art of DeTouch

Have always been into image manipulation and did some assignments on image manipulation used in the media, so the doco “the Art of DeTouch” was definitely one to look at…

I think the style of the documentary was probably… poetic? It is kind of poetic, or abstract because it just showed images of the before/after photos in different formats (pixels, threshold, etc…) and.. well that’s about it, really. No information, other than the brief introduction on the homepage.

In a way, there was a diversity of viewpoints on how the images were altered in the different formats, the before and after pictures, and the diversity of how the photos were altered (some on skin, others on body shape, on hair, on facial features, on colours, and on different people – celebs, models, randoms, and from various companies/websites).

In a way, this documentary was showing reconstructions, i.e. reconstructions of the alterations done on the before pictures. I noticed that (on the homepage) it said the visualizations of the alterations were generated…so basically everything from 2% to 99% is actually computer generated… and not the real process of what goes on in actual photo manipulation (e.g. in Photoshop). That doesn’t make much difference, I guess…

But in case you don’t know what goes on in Photoshop, you can watch some videos on Youtube haha! It’s pretty insane. Here’s one on photoshopping just the face, and this one’s on the body (it makes really extreme changes!).

The documentary was really ambiguous, in a way, because all I could do was look at the images. So I did have to make my own conclusions about it. Personally, it led me to think about the prevalence of photo manipulation in the media (I guess ‘cos I’ve done some assignments on that myself) and just how it’s everywhere we look. EVERYTHING is digitally edited now. It also led me to think about how unbelievable it is that everything normal and human, like wrinkles and eyebags and stray hairs and body fat, are made into imperfections that need to be erased away for commercial purposes – to manipulate people into buying products to give them flawless skin, like the celebs do, or buy diet pills or exercise machines so you’ll be flab-less like that model in the billboard – and it’s all unrealistic and unachievable because literally nobody looks like the people in mags/billboards. Then consumers just keep buying and buying to achieve something unattainable.

So yes, this documentary did encourage me to make my own conclusions. What were yours?


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