Rather than pixelating the image, I decided just blur it instead, so that you can still acknowledge what the photo actually is, and it doesn’t lose its affect of the setting it is in (a party). I also made the image black and white then added the effect of ‘old photo’ to create the idea of dullness behind the emoticons, as those emotions behind are not ‘real’. This is also reinforced where the only colour is the ‘real’ differentiating emotions, their realness reinforced through the colour. I also added typography to ask the viewer ‘how do you really know?’ to allow them to understand and think about the concept of the image and other aspects of real and unreal circumstances that they may know, and thus ponder how they can truly know what is real and unreal. I think for the final product I may also add the original image in to allow for a comparison of emotions (the first picture smiling, the second with the emoticons over the top of the faces).

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  1. I found this manipulated image really interesting because it’s a topic people don’t often think about. I like that you’re using emojis- this shows really good digital editing skills which is great! I definitely think that by adding in the original image as comparison could be really useful and beneficial to your end product because I think that by seeing the original emotions on the people in the photo’s faces, you can really see the difference between real and unreal.


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