stolid \STAH-lid\ adjective
Meaning: having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional

I wake up, most weekday mornings to Elvis Duran & The Z100 Morning Show. I don’t appreciate waking up to an alarm. The word speaks to itself – it’s abrupt, obnoxious, and well, alarming! Why wake up scared/spooked/angry when you could wake up to Elvis Duran and his crew’s sometimes stolid banter regarding various topics including “I Quit” stories, Justin Bieber, crotch adjustments, etc? Starting the day with a laugh helps… but today’s topic, not only made me chuckle…it made me think.

Photoshop.

They started by discussing people who have “photoshopped” ex’s, former friends, estranged family members out of pictures and then took calls from listeners about their own experiences with the Adobe design program (which I have yet to master by the way). Someone even started a (keyword lucrative) business of cutting out the excess baggage. Entertained, I kept listening but stopped a moment when Elvis said pictures used to be the best way to capture history as is, without any changes or adjustments… or something along those lines. Profoundly pensive Elvis – spot on.

True, if photoshop was mainstream during many a person’s middle and high school years a lot of angst and anger could have been avoided… but in all seriousness, I do think there is something to be said for the simplicity of the original cameras that allowed such history to be frankly captured. Can you imagine photoshopping bodies in and out of war time photographs or wrinkles out of legendary presidential portraits?

However, I believe that the photoshop legacy is cyclical. Couldn’t it be argued that the portrait painter, and painters in general, in the earliest of centuries weren’t themselves photoshop gurus of their era? What’s to say that aristocrats didn’t ask for a tuck here or there or a brightening of their overall skin tone? Painting itself is an interpretation; the computer is a modern enabler of artistic liberty bestowed upon the masses.

Perhaps, as seen during the dawn of the first camera, our society might return to the natural order of photography – capturing things as is without succumbing to the temptation of tweaks. Would we be surprised by what we see?