A fascinating analysis of the editing done to photographs from Victoria's Secret was linked today from Boingboing:

Part I:
http://www.hackerfactor.com/blog/index.php?/archives/322-Body-By-Victoria.html

Part II:
http://www.hackerfactor.com/blog/index.php?/archives/329-The-Secret-is-Out.html

When I say "everything that's published in fashion magazines and advertising is edited", this is exactly what I'm talking about. It's not just the clumsily-removed handbag erased out, not just the gently-reshaped limbs and highlighted eyes and teeth and digitally plumped-up breasts, but a key thing that I often see but have a hard time identifying precisely, without the specific "before" photo or actual light set-up in front of me: All surfaces should have similar lighting. If her face is dark on one side and light on the other, then her arms should have the same pattern. However, this isn't what we are seeing. None of her body parts have proper lighting.

The author goes on to point out specific evidence for these alterations using a series of photo analysis tools that I've never seen before, a comparison of the model's skin tone in this and another photo, etc.

(Once again, I reiterate a point from previous conversations: such edited photos are morally neutral. Bad artistry, such as the removed handbag, sure is fun to mock, but I do not support any sort of creative limitations on what photographers and graphic designers may do to their work. I do, however, support educating the public so that we can be visually literate and easily realize the differences between fashion illustration and "real life". Websites such as the "hacker factor" are providing educational tools, and that's why I'm reposting it.)
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( Oct. 13th, 2007 10:45 am)
I can't believe nobody on my list has posted this yet, it's awesome!!

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It's Doris Salcedo's "Shibboleth" installation at the Tate Modern in London. It's a fissure in the floor, and it's hitting the news big because so far three people have actually fallen in (although it's only a few inches wide at the widest, so the worst someone could do is break an ankle, I guess.)

It looks very cool, though...I'd love to see it.

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( Apr. 11th, 2007 10:43 am)
Here's a fascinating article from the Washington Post, about an experiment with violin virtuoso Joshua Bell busking in the D.C. Metro:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

I don't have time to really read it like I want to, so I'm posting it here to come back to, later. Some of y'all might be interested as well...touches on an entire range of points fascinating to me, from contextualizing art to children's innate musical appreciation to buddhist mindfulness.
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