NOB HILL--The race for Congress has taken a nasty turn. It is not lightly that I report that the Sheriff has stolen some of my stuff...really. I was watching the news at noon yesterday when Darren White's newest ad came on the TV screen. It started out with him saying, "My name is Darren White and I approved this message"
or something like that. Before I knew it I was watching a picture of Martin Heinrich that looked mighty familiar. It should have looked familiar, I took it myself during an interview I had with him last March.
Oh, they had photoshopped out the walls of the Flying Star in the background. They fattened up his face. They tilted his head back somewhat to give him something of a haughty air. And they lightened his skin while increasing the contrast to highlight his "five-o'clock shadow." Still, there is no doubt that the picture they are using is my picture.
My name is Johnny_Mango and I did not approve this message.
I thought it was illegal to steal someone else's work. I certainly do not approve the usage of my photo by the White campaign. And the White campaign must have known exactly how I felt about their using those shots, because they clipped the picture out of a post which was very much pro-Heinrich
. Go back and read it to verify where the photo came from. I guess they are sitting somewhere laughing their heads off just thinking about how they perverted my intended use.
I think there are actually two crimes here:
1. Stealing my picture.
Not even the Sheriff should be above the law in this regard. All of us here at the Duke City Fix are volunteers. We get paid nothing. It is so disheartening when someone like Sheriff Darren White, with all the money and resources at his disposal, sees fit to rob us by stealing our work and turning it against us. I demand that they remove the picture...but have no doubt that my rights as the photographer will be lost in a confrontation with Sheriff White.
2. The second crime is altering the picture
and presenting Heinrich's image as if it were an accurate portrayal. Fattening his face, tilting his head back, and washing out his skin tones is a different kind of lie: it is a created image presented as if it were a photograph. The changes are subtle enough that they pass for a true likeness. It may not be illegal, but it is certainly deceptive.
Compare the photos. Notice how the TV image has been shortened vertically to fatten the face...how the head has been angled back...how the skin is lighter and the hair is darker. Now we have a picture that looks like it could be hanging on the wall of the post office. Some sheriff.
I know my original shot is ugly!
Barbara Wold of Democracy for New Mexico
once told me that I had done the impossible--taken a bad photo of Martin Heinrich. She said they were the worst shots of him she had ever seen. I know they aren't pretty. But if you follow the pieces I have written, you know that the photos that appear in the stories are actually what I was looking at. That camera doesn't lie. To think anyone would attempt to 'ugly up' that shot of mine is a real head-shaker. But beware of this Lie #2...for it is really a crime against you. You are the object of this deception. It is a lie just as much as any other misstatement of fact. And thoroughly intentional! Thoroughly beyond dispute!
So much for being the Law&Order candidate.
When a candidate holds himself out to be a little bit better person than his opponent, watch out. Here we have Darren White, portrayed in his own commercials as a Veteran, an Officer of the Law, a man Morally Superior to his former boss Republican Governor Gary Johnson, and so Lacking in Real Issues he needs to attack the character of his opponent Martin Heinrich by photoshopping a stolen picture, then presenting it as the truth.
Some moral superiority. Some sense of honor. If called on it, no doubt he will weasel out of his "I approved this message."
You can draw your own conclusions...without photoshop.
They say a picture is worth ten thousand words. Well picture this: Darren White and his campaign staff believe their best issue is a stolen, photoshopped picture of Martin Heinrich. That speaks volumes about where White wants to take this country.