The Labour party has a penchant for Photoshop – usually they use it to hide the fact that they are just plain ugly. The non-event they have running in Pakuranga against Maurice Williamson is now using Photoshop to hide the fact that he is just plain lazy.
As I was going through the photo section of his website, I noticed a couple of interesting things. The first of these was his wife who could well be the twin-sister of Labour’s Tauranga candidate on a mung bean and lettuce diet and wearing a keffiyeh, but I digress, there was something of altogether more interest than her – what was behind her.
In this photo Brian Kelly and his missus (click for full size) are at the Howick Historical Village – “A living Museum from the 1840 to 1880 period” so presumably going after the Winston First vote. Except they aren’t.
You don’t need to look too closely to realise this is a shoddy, pathetic photoshop job. Take a look at his leg:
Interesting that he manages to be both in front of AND behind the bloke in the rather trashy brown shirt. The lighting is way off and there is a slight fuzz around the unfortunate looking pair. The sign post behind Brian has a dogleg in it where the clone tool went astray, alongside his arm there are numerous artifacts. beside Mrs Kelly’s head are more artifacts and clone tool mistakes. Her left shoulder shows definate outlining from poor cloning.
Intrigued, I ran it through serversniff and here are the results:
) Software = Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
| – Tag 0×0131 (28 bytes, string):
| 0090: 41 64 6f 62 65 20 50 68 6f 74 6f 73 68 6f 70 20 [Adobe Photoshop ]
| 00a0: 43 53 32 20 57 69 6e 64 6f 77 73 00 [CS2 Windows.]
Now that is unfortunate for Brian because I rang him and asked him if he had used photoshop to create his images for the website. He categorically denied it despite me giving him several chances to change his story. Now however the raw data of the image has shown his falsehoods up.
Look, if Kelly wants a place in history then all he has to do is wait until E-Day to join the long list of losers vanquished by Maurice Williamson.
This isn’t his only egregious abuse. Check this out:
Equally ridden with artifacts and metadata analysis confirms that it has also been through the Photoshop process. Note that he is in an open neck shirt a light sports coat and in bright sunlight when everyone else is dressed for the cold and the background has rather flat light. A dead set give away of fauxtography.
It is such a shame for Brian Kelly because he was starting to get some traction, just the other day I met someone who knew he was a bloke and not a blonde lesbian from Wellington.
One other question does inrigue me though. Why do Labour candidates standing in Auckland seats like having photos taken of themselves swanning around in Wellington?