Stalin removed political opponents when they fell from grace, the past was re-constructed. This is wrong , we rely on documents and images to understand the past and its influence on the future. Photojournalists follow a code of ethics that require their images to be unbiased and record events honestly. To deliberately manipulate these images, that purport to be objective and record the truth , is also wrong.
However the art and advertising world have a different set of ethics ,is it so wrong to remove a person or an unsightly object from an otherwise acceptable image?
I took the image below of two friends, Jack and Alex, at a party and have chosen to remove Alex from the frame. Why?
What if Jack fell out with Alex and did not want a reminder of his friendship , or perhaps a relative wanted a photograph of him on his own? By removing Alex from the photograph I have created a new reality but am I denying she exists ? The intent behind the manipulation is the key , why an individual or object is being removed is of sole importance.
I initially tried the Content Aware tool having made a selection of Alex using the magnetic lasso tool ----not very successful!!!
I then used the Clone stamp tool, the Patch tool , and finally the Dodge and Burn tool to tidy up with much better results.
I think it looks ok and I am pleased with the final result.