What is reality?

Before—-

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After—–

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In this age of amazing digital enhancement I frequently find myself caught in the delicate dance of realistic photo editing.  I can whiten teeth, smooth skin, remove zits, reduce wrinkles, britghten eyes…  but just because I can… does that mean I should?

Kiddos are pretty easy— I will print the WITH OUCHIE photograph.  It would seem criminal not to showcase her as a real toddler… bruises, boogers and all.

But what about adults?  Do we want to remember ourselves with flaws and wrinkles and dark circles under our eyes?  Or is it okay to pretend that we look a tad bit better than we really do?  Perhaps the reason our society has such a tainted view of reality via magazines and mainstream media is because of one my favorite tools ever. Photoshop. Photoshop. Photoshop.