The annoyance of having and not having Photoshop in life
– The confession of a Photoshop-philia
2. Photoshop, you are the best thing that ever happened in my life! Wait… You are also the worst!
So, I decided to have a little chat with my friend, who has been having a ‘long-term relationship’ with Photoshop and she knows exactly what she is doing with the software. Looking/Stalking her works is always a pleasurable experience. I absolutely fell in love with the way she uses images to express herself. For that I credit Photoshop to be the best thing that ever happened in my life. I know a little about how to use the program but I never really put serious effort into it; therefore, looking at the works created by it and understanding them create an extraordinary feeling about how you can use technology to make your mark in this world. If I use Photoshop just to retouch my photos and mess around with its tools to see what it can do, she uses it to make a ‘voice’.
Created by Yoshihiro
(Source: Shared by the author)
The ways artworks contain so much information and they can say too much, you can read too much from them make me excited. There is no word to describe the overwhelmed feeling when thoughts just flowing in your head when you look at one image and you don’t really know what to say because you have so many things to say and you don’t even know where to start. That is what I find amazing in images. I always wonder how can my friend, and other people that use Photoshop, know what to do with that amount of information and put that into one single image. Such technology brings beautiful things to my life, how can I not fall in love with it? How can I live without it, I once asked myself, when I still enjoyed playing around with images.
I should have never ever registered a Facebook account! Facebook is not the one to blame but it is the platform I use the most to interact with people (so it take a hit, unintentionally). Then news feed turns my relationship with Photoshop into a love-hate one. People start to use the software to make worse images more than ever, especially in some Vietnamese community pages on Facebook, as I observe. Not only do they overuse Photoshop, but they also destroy the beauty of the language (the words they describe or put in a image) simultaneously. In comparison with the typography above, below is the image that also use text. Even though it looks smart when you see it in thumbnail, but when you click to view the bigger version, all you can see is they instruct you where to… forgive my language (I translate it the way it should sound), pee (sigh…). It could have some educational purpose if all of the answer lead to a toilet, but hell no (apologise for choice of word, again), they encourage you to do it almost everywhere in the public, which really gets on my nerves. Two images, both contain information, one teaches me a lesson, one annoys me, are both the products of Photoshop. How can I keep loving the program when it helps people to ruin the value of right things in life?
Where should you go to pee?
There are also images that were edited to gain view by using explicit material like sex or nudity, which create nothing but cheap and dirty jokes, which my brain literally cannot absorb. There is also a trend of making meme faces. At first, it was good. People actually made some good points by using memes, but when it became so popular, it starts to get bored. And people, once again, using cheap ways, cheap language, cheap tricks to get attention. It is not too much to say Photoshop, you are hurting my eyes, insulting my brain and turning my experiences with Facebook into miserable ones!
This is a dilemma! I want Photoshop, yet I hate it! Guess I just can’t help it these days!