Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Salvaging a photograph

When I went on my recent purge one of my goals was to sort through old photographs. Now they're all neatly organized ... if you can call being stashed away in boxes organized. There are several boxes - a box for each of the boys, a box of family photos, a box of extended-family photos and a box of my pre-marriage days ... that is my idea of organization.
My next goal is to scan as many of the photos as I can and put them into online storage. I'm just trying to cover all my bases in case of invasion (alien, zombie, or foreign zealots), fire, or any natural disaster.

The $64,000 question is, "will I live long enough to accomplish all of the many things I say I'm going to do?"

Anyway, back to the photos.

In my sorting I found several photographs that had been mutilated.

For example, this one of our happy, YOUNG, family taken in the Fall of 1991. It was taken at my sister's house at a family gathering which included many of our Florida cousins. The cousins were up for a Georgia Tech football game and we gathered afterwards for a cookout and to watch the Atlanta Braves in their run to the World Series. Certainly our attire can attest to where our loyalties lie. Go Braves! 
There I am with my thick, dark hair and oh-so-attractive humongous eyeglasses. Andrew is a newborn with a little spit-up on his lip, and Ian is a toddler, sporting a deer-in-the-headlights look. Rounding out our happy little family is my dear husband.

Wait a minute. Where's he at? I know he's there because I see his arm resting on the back of the couch and I recognize that t-shirt. But, where's his head?

Apparently this photo is a victim of scrapbooking. I needed his sweet face for something so I just chopped it right it out of the photograph, and in the process rendered the photo useless. Fortunately at the time, instead of tossing it, I stashed it away for another day. I must have known some technology would come along that would help me salvage the photo.  

I'm not very good using Photoshop Elements but I think this photo is better than the one with a faceless husband.

Maybe with a little practice I can figure out how to put Dale back in the photo so it can be a true family photo. Until then, this one will have to do. 

Go Braves!

1 comment:

  1. Oh see I thought this was like my dad's dad who cut all the faces of his ex-wife from the family photos-shakes head!