A marketing manager from a convention and event centre contacted me about retouching some event images taken during a speaking series, to have them repurposed for use in a upcoming newsletter about the past season’s notable speakers and events. In particular were some images of a semi-famous climber who had lost his arm during one of his climbs and was now doing motivational speaking engagements.
When going over the job specifications it was eventually revealed to me that the specific item that needed to be retouched was that they wanted to add his arm back into the picture. Somewhat shocked at the request, I asked him to explain more specifically what he needed, just in case I had misunderstood.
His reply, to my even greater dismay was, “I don’t see how I can be any more clear, just make a copy of his right arm, reverse it, and stick it on his left shoulder, we don’t want to alienate our attendees by putting a depressing picture in the newsletter”