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Instagram Account Photoshops Selfies if You Ask… Sometimes Even if You Don’t

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Here’s a new way to be violated in the social media era: Post a photo of yourself on Instagram, then wait for somebody you don’t know and didn’t authorize to repost an edited version that looks vaguely like you, except shinier and with a lot more makeup.

That’s what happened to blogger Carrie Nelson, who snapped a selfie a few days ago and posted it on Instagram with hashtags that made it obvious this was more a documentary moment than a glamor shot.

A little later she noticed she had been friended by @photoshop_fantasy, an Instagram user who offers selfie makeover services for those who ask for them via the right hashtag. (A service that seems to be appreciated by most of the subjects, despite … well, judge the quality of the work for yourself.)

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Nelson didn’t apply that hashtag, but there she was a few hours later on the Photoshop Fantasy photo feed: A “before” image of her original selfie and an “after” version that makes her look blemishless, made-up, and otherwise Barbie-like.

Nelson was, of course, bothered by the aesthetics and rights infringement, but she was more upset by the misappropriation of her message. “I was angry because the doctored photo directly contradicted the entire purpose of my selfie,” she wrote at The Frisky.

“I took my selfie because I knew I didn’t look conventionally gorgeous in that moment,” she continued. “I took my selfie because I wanted the world to see me raw, flaws and all. I took my selfie because I can be beautiful even when I’m tired and depressed. I took my selfie because, beauty standards be damned, I liked my disheveled face on Sunday. That image empowered me far more than an unsolicited airbrushing ever could.”

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Photoshop Fantasy later posted an apology for the “unadvised Photoshops” and appears to have removed Nelson’s photo, but not before the story got out and outlets such as Business Insider labeled the account ‘creepy.’ Feel free to offer up your own adjectives in the comments down below.

(via The Frisky via Business Insider)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/Theranthrope Theranthrope

    Why is it that photographers have the WORST grasp of the powers granted by and (more importantly) limitations of: Copyright in fair-use in non-commercial re-distribution?

    Copyright doesn’t grant complete and total control over every possible reproduction and permutation of some thing you made; as if Copyright was similar to power a king/queen of old granted him/her-self over every thing that lived, stood, walked, flew, or was blown over their royal domain. Copyright is a -limited- monopoly granted to control (key word) commercial reproduction of a specific work in a fixed state, with the purpose “to promote the progress of science and useful arts”, not limit it.

    Also, if you don’t want you photo shared when you share it on a photo-sharing site, THEN DON’T SHARE YOUR PHOTO ON A PHOTO-SHARING SITE. Jesus…

  • Sterling

    “I took my selfie because I knew I didn’t look conventionally gorgeous in that moment,” she continued. “I took my selfie because I wanted the world to see me raw, flaws and all. I took my selfie because I can be beautiful even when I’m tired and depressed. I took my selfie because, beauty standards be damned, I liked my disheveled face on Sunday. That image empowered me far more than an unsolicited airbrushing ever could.”

    Well, there’s today’s dose of self indulgent horsesh*t. Now where are those pics of dogs taking a bath?

  • Alan Klughammer

    the photoshopped version is ghastly…

  • Sarpent

    The most troubling aspect of this behavior on the part of Photoshop Fantasy is that they took someone else’s photograph and used it as an advertisement for their themselves. The original photograph, which they don’t own, is necessary as the “before part” of their “before and after” shot. It will be interesting to see who is behind Photoshop Fantasy and what their business model will be (or is).

  • SMF

    She doesn’t even look Asia in the re-do. Totally shocking.

  • spuggy

    Huge difference between sharing an image online and someone using it without your permission, particularly for advertising. Guess this company hasn’t heard of one of the tenets of using people’s images called a “model release ;)

  • lori

    you could not be more wrong on your position here regarding copyright laws. Photoshop Fantasy is 100% liable for copyright infringement.

  • jaroos

    The redo looks like someone pasted new eyeballs onto her face. Really inconsiderate of whoever did it!

  • Vin Weathermon

    Looks like a major improvement to me. Whoops, did I say that??

  • Cate

    who wants to make a counter account with me? we could post before & afters completely the same but add the text “you are perfect and beautiful the way you are.”

  • Cate

    as in before and afters unedited.

  • Dexter Morgan

    That’s a great idea Cate, but it borders on the same concept. I subscribe to your noble school of thought though!

  • Real Asian

    I guess you must be right. She doesn’t look like a continent.

  • FFPUrbex

    No one at all.

  • http://www.markwheadon.com/ Mark Wheadon

    Interestingly, it’s mostly ‘makeup’ (applied in post processing, obviously!) — the eye shape is modified by the black on the outer edge. The actual shape of her eyes hasn’t changed much at all.

  • http://www.markwheadon.com/ Mark Wheadon

    Sounds suitably saccharine — it could easily be a massive hit :D

  • Barbie_looks_like_Barney

    Is anyone else upset at the fact that this just makes the term “Photoshop” even more of a dirty word?
    Even though Photoshop is a tool for photo editing and manipulation, any tard with a tool can mess things up.

    As a portrait photographer, I sometimes have to re-term the phrase just because places like Photoshop fantasy doing horrible work like this. I usually call any work I do in PS, re-touches or alterations and or corrections,.