Dad Mad After Daughter's Scar Is Airbrushed from Photo

2742986660_fb53f8ec13Murphy’s law says that if your child is going to get bumped, bruised, scratched, or the impulse to suddenly cut their own hair, it’s going to happen in that seven day period before school picture day.

Today’s technology takes care of most of that.  With a swish of a digital paintbrush, that three-inch scratch disappears from little Tommy’s school photo.  (Those sharply angled, ultra-short bangs your daughter cut, though?  Those are just going to have to remain a really funny family story.)

But what happens when photographers take it upon themselves to do a little more digital work on your child, like removing a scar?  Or a birthmark?  Does that take things too far?

A Swedish dad is spitting mad after photographers did exactly that to his three-year-old daughter’s school pictures:  They digitally removed a scar from her nose.

“It’s just not right,” said Per Engman, reports, “It’s a sign that people refuse to accept the world as it is and all these problems associated with idealized beauty just seem wrong.  They assume that parents don’t want scars, but I do. The scar is a part of who she is.”

Thord Larsson, the photographer in question, says that usually parents are happy when he smooths out a child’s bruises and such.  “There are a lot of parents who are happy when marks which may have shown up from a scratch that morning are made to disappear, and the same goes for runny noses,” he said. “We just want things to be nice and cute.”

Runny noses are one thing — photos are keepsakes, after all.  But like Engman said, a scar is more than a runny nose or a temporary scratch; it’s part of the landscape of a person’s face.  What kind of message does it send to a child to erase it so that she looks “nice and cute?”

If your child had a facial scar, would you want it digitally erased?

Photo: chefranden, Flickr

Article Posted 7 years Ago

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