Unretouched: A Writer Wednesday Post

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Irene in Essays

 

UnretouchedUnretouched, photo & all text © Irene O’Garden 2014

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I often fiddle a bit with my photos—not much, but subtly increasing contrast or emphasizing a hue here or there to intensify what I perceive as their emotional impact.

Not so with the photo above, which I snapped a few steps from the door of  The Memoir Institute in upstate New York, site of my brief but fruitful writing retreat this week. Didn’t even hit “Enhance Photo.” Or rather I did, but preferred the unadorned version.

This landscape already expressed a hand-tinted quality that day, an old-fashioned peacefulness.

Some things are right as they are, it said.

How much we retouch nowadays, for we can—photos, haircolor, bodies, even.  I certainly retouch my writing.

It’s a relief when life reminds us that just because we can manipulate doesn’t mean we must. “Enhancing” does not always enhance.  Only our own awareness can do that.

 

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  • Jorie

    I am touched (but not retouched) by image, thought and words…but then, I nearly always am when they are your images, thoughts and words.

    • IreneOGarden

      Thank you, dear Jorie!

  • Laura

    I agree, this one is au naturel and at its unretouched best. I love the many meanings you attributed to unretouched…as today so many people are retouched in person and we lose the originals. Exquisitely written as always.

    • IreneOGarden

      You are an original, dear Laura, with a natural touch!

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