Mere hours after I rediscovered “Missing Missy” and recalled that I too find a great deal of satisfaction in annoying people in creative ways, the opportunity to do exactly that presented itself. Work friend Sara asked if I could Photoshop these two images together for a friend’s birthday:
I agreed and shortly thereafter sent Sara the following composite.
This was not what she had in mind. Clarification: “Can you instead put my friend’s face on the old lady’s body?” I agreed and shortly thereafter sent Sara the following composite:
Sara didn’t feel that the Creature from the Black Lagoon added all that much to the arrangement and asked me if I could just Photoshop only her friend’s head and only onto the old woman’s body. I agreed and shortly thereafter sent Sara the following composite:
She said that it made her friend look like a monster, and then she asked if I could just “do it right.” I understood that this friend clearly meant a lot to Sara if she was wanting be so particular about this little birthday note. Personally, i thought the friend should know how much Sara cares about her. Shortly thereafter I sent Sara the following composite:
Sara didn’t like it. She then explained that she just wanted to give this to her friend, an avowed fan of French bulldogs, as a little way of celebrating her birthday, but I wasn’t being helpful. (Also, I think maybe Sara wished I had chosen a different photo of her.) Understanding the situation now on a deeper level, I asked myself, “What would Sara’s friend really want?” Shortly thereafter I sent Sara the following composite:
And Sara actually liked it — and that’s funny because I had the “real” image waiting for her the whole time, but there was now no need for it. Here it is:
I mean, after all this work, I had to do something with it. Happy birthday, French bulldog-loving girl, whoever you are. (Between you and me, I think you looked best in the third iteration.) I may yet print out the fourth iteration and put it in a frame on Sara’s desk.