Close, But No Banana
A Changed Man
One of a proofreader’s tests for checking leading consistency in text heavy copy is turning it upside down and looking for uneven spacing or single characters that shouldn’t be there.This works because it removes distractions. Right side up, one might be tempted to get involved with reading copy or enjoying the accompanying illustration. Call me crazy, but when I saw these two video captures next to each other, it sure looked like different people. If you ignore the window dressing and just concentrate on the frame, are they the same? I was wondering what some real experts in Photoshop thought. Post your comments and convince me it’s the same guy.
Turning these pictures upside down helps—as does using the measuring tool in Photoshop. I don’t know about you, but I question whether dying somebody’s hair automatically changes their nose; or for that matter, their hairline. Hairlines are supposed to be just like fingerprints. They are distinctive and if you focus on his facial hair, there’s a hairline there, too, which varies considerably below the chin and around the cheeks (more notable because trimming one’s beard is a big no-no in that culture). I suppose it could be male pattern chin balding. Maybe he just held his head over the cosmetologists dye pan too long and it broadened the flat plane of his forehead. The browline sits differently from face to face, too, so I suspect though it is a good likeness, matching bone structure might be too difficult.
Then there’s that gangster lip that hangs slightly lower on the right (our left) side of his mouth. No, don’t tell me; he chews tobacco or favors tucking a pinch of snuff just under his gum line on that side. Maybe those are spitoons and not latrines at the Hard Rock Cavé he’s been staying at in Pakistan’s tribal region. That’s got to be a hard life; so I wonder how it is he has the very same backdrop and outfit perfectly preserved over a period of rough living for three years; when I get done with a photoshoot, the backdrop is fingerprinted, ripping in at the edges and covered with footprints; ready to be pitched.
What do YOU think?
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