Fast forward film of the Grace retouching in progress
but one of the points I managed to get across is that sometimes less is more
and there is no need to eliminate and delete imperfections just because you can, leaving you to concentrate on improving the overall feel and mood of the picture as people have done in dark rooms since the early days of photography.
Accompanying this photograph of Grace Dent (presenter) I was given a list of objectives to implement, such as:
Your Face Says It All
enlarge eyes, stretch the neck, remove wrinkles, blemishes and correct the overall symmetry of her face. This is just an example of the things that can be done if required and not necessarily my own personal choice. I wouldn't normally be asked to work on such a regimented passport type picture with no attitude or motion, but purely for demonstration purposes this format worked better for television.
In August 2016 I took part in a Channel 4 documentary which scientifically explored the hidden secrets of the human face. My category covered beauty and the lengths people will go to to improve and manipulate their looks digitally.
I agreed to take part on the condition we could discuss the pros and cons of
digital manipulation from the perspective of a professional retoucher. The four hour interview was eventually whittled down to three minutes,
Grace interviewing me about the work