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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Photos

Summer programming: The outtake reel

This one is really from last April, but it never made it up here for some reason.

pay for parking here

Hit-and-run damage to cars parked in university garages is a costly problem for some students. Photo illustration by Joe Momma.

I was asked to illustrate a story about damage to cars in school garages and was encouraged to be creative. The illustration I came up with, a composite of two photographs, was deemed too realistic, and therefore a potential misrepresentation of reality — even with the words “photo illustration” underneath. What ran instead was an undoctored photo of the car door, minus the words.

Might a reader believe that the words from the parking payment machine were really emblazoned across the flank of someone’s car in a particularly ironic location? Perhaps. Might they also believe that Jesus makes appearances on tortillas? Of course. Is catering to that level of reader a good thing? I doubt it.