This Artist Takes Photoshop Requests Very Literally, But The Results Are Still Perfect

James Fridman has graced the headlines before as the shrewd, British photoshopper with a bit of an underlying mission.

He likes to take the photos submitted to him for editing and bastardize their requests with pure literality. 

Here are some examples:

But sometimes he will drop his goading persona and speak up about things that bother him.

Like, last summer, when this mom came to him with a request to create something to promote her 9-year-old child’s YouTube and Instagram accounts.

When addressing criticism over his comment for allegedly stifling the boy’s creativity, Fridman said:

“There is a significant difference between childishly playing with mom’s makeup and wearing a full face of makeup, glued-on false eyelashes and a set of false nails.” 

“Face painting is a fun and innocent way for kids to express their artistic talent and creativity. Unlike makeup, it’s not intended to make you look sexually appealing.”

“No kid should be wearing make-up, regardless of their gender. The mom’s intentions were obvious. Worryingly, it has become acceptable for parents to misuse their kids for fame and profit.”

Fridman hasn’t stopped making statements, big or small. 

If you look closely, even with his most hilarious works, he highlights the matter of self-obsession that social media has so horribly exacerbated.

“The omnipresence of comedy in social media has created a new way of delivering information to the public. Entertainment accounts cater to a wider audience, delivering current news and addressing social issues wrapped in humour. It makes it easier to work through sensitive subjects.”

And boy, does he do a good job using humor to get a conversation going.

Here, he covers the topic of self-harm.

In this one, he makes it clear how people see Americans.

Here’s a reminder that self-image isn’t something to manufacture.

And here’s one reminding everyone that we don’t need super powers to make a difference.

And a reminder that misinterpretation of things written online is a very real thing.

In a world obsessed with their online image, James is the hero we need.

H/T: Bored Panda, Telegraph