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Denial's not just a river in Egypt

Denial's not just a river in Egypt A morbid new trend sweeping the USA: parents commissioning digitally retouched images of stillborn babies to make them look alive, or indeed sufficiently ungruesome to show off:
Her work is grueling -- she spends two to four hours on each picture -- but she has yet to turn down a photograph, no matter how grisly. Some of the photographs she gets are of 20-week fetuses with transparent skin. Others are of babies that have been dead in the womb for so long that their facial features have dissolved, requiring her to redraw them.

The next logical step would be to use photograph-aging software to interpolate the photographs into the life that never existed; advanced software would use the original photograph, as well as those of parents and siblings, to generate "photographs" of the phantom child at various ages, "growing up" in realtime in a frame on the mantlepiece. I can see a sci-fi/gothic-horror short story in this...

There are 2 comments on "Denial's not just a river in Egypt":

Posted by: Steve T. http:// Thu Jul 11 01:25:28 2002

> I can see a sci-fi/gothic-horror short story in this...

Me too. Well - an SF one anyway. Mind if I take a swing at it - laziness permitting?

Posted by: bob DJ http:// Sun Jul 14 14:20:06 2002

Actually, nothing 's new. Years ago a read about a corsican museum where theu exhibit Napoleon's skull at age 12, when he became emperor of Franc, and when he died. Way before photography, computers or digital touching-up were invented.

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