Do You Like Your Vogue Organic?
I couldn’t help noticing the image of Taylor Swift by photographer Mario Testino on the February American Vogue cover. It’s a lovely image. But I’ve marked the areas that most technicians would lighten and correct with Photoshop cloning, dodging and healing brushes.
Call me a geek for noticing.
So what happened? It’s anyone’s guess, but here’s some theories.
1-Editor-in-chief Anna Wintour has changed directions and has limited post-processing on the cover.
I’m sure Vogue would have to have a complete change of photographic ethics in order to do this.The images inside are still heavily post-processsed.
#2- They forgot to enhance it.
Well I suppose weirder things have happened. But come on…… It’s Vogue!
3- Someone, perhaps creative director Grace Coddington, convinced the “powers that be” to leave to image raw to give it a vintage feel. The picture does have a nice 60’s “hippy” feel to it.
I like this theory, and I think it’s the most likely.
Whatever happened, it sure was refreshing. I’m getting kinda tired of models and celebs being cloned into aliens . And to be fair to Vogue I think ….just maybe….they’re laying off the Photoshop on the inside editorial pages a bit. But the advertising?…Forget it!
I’m sure the public would respond to a more natural photographic look in fashion magazines. And there may be a move to more minimalist manipulation of images. This can only be a good thing…..aesthetically and ethically.