This is one of many beautiful portraits of his daughter Pola by the Polish photographer Apasz (Skyrzypcyk) – dating back to August 2012. I included it in a brief look at his portfolio here. Then the other day I noticed a cropped b&w version on a Tumblr blog – White Light Blind (see image-link below):
….not remembering the come-hither mascara effect, I compared it with the original:
……and, as you can see, someone’s manipulated the image by subtly adding eye make-up (apart from the cropping and the monochrome). I remembered that I’d previously posted a much more radically ‘shopped version of a Kaegan Baron shot (here), published by the same Tumblr blogger – first the original, then his/her version:
…..again with the colour tones adjusted, cropping and added “mascara”.
Is this a serial manipulator of girls’ images? I’d have to say….. yes:
…..model Amberley Colby…..While some are slightly more subtle:
…..a harmless pastime, obviously – unless – like Apasz – you’re a fanatical user of film, take great trouble to produce the print you want the public to see, and have a beautiful young daughter who certainly doesn’t need to be “improved” by artificial means….. I said when I published the Kaegan Baron shot previously that I rather liked it – making her look “a little sinister and intriguing“, and I’d stand by that – but the changes to the portrait of Pola just seem a little unnecessary. If you weren’t familiar with the original – or the context – you’d presume she went around in rather unsuitable mascara all the time….
Looking at the blog archive, I’d say that a lot have had the same treatment – I just hope not too many get out and become the accepted version of the original shot: the one I’ve used as the featured image above the title, for example, is the only version that’s searchable: and it looks awfully like the little dear’s wearing far more mascara than mummy would allow….