The Town Representative Vanishes

Status: Weird news
The picture on the left shows the former group photo of Cary, North Carolina's town council. Then representative Michael Joyce resigned. Instead of taking a new group photo, the city simply deleted Joyce from the photo. The new photo is on the right (and you can also check out the photo on the town's website). There's nothing wrong with this. I suppose it was easier to do than getting everyone together for another photo. Still, it seems a bit like something out of The Commissar Vanishes. At least he was "disappeared" from the photo only after he resigned. It would be kind of creepy to notice yourself vanishing from official group photos while you're still working there. Incidentally, anyone interested in filling Joyce's position can get a $10,859.34 annual salary, plus a travel allowance of $8,100.

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Posted on Mon Jul 31, 2006


$10,859.34 annual salary?!?! Well let me polish my shoes and shine my belt buckle! That's hardly enough for the aggravation of being a Town Representative. I think I'll pass.
Posted by Dae Dae  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  10:22 AM
My X-Girlfriend is also very good at doing this with photos 😖
Posted by Grain  in  Bay Area, CA  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  11:43 AM
This happens ALL the time, trust me, I know - I'm a designer.

Some years ago (98? 97? 99? cant remember) I had the dubious honor of removing Wells from a shot of the Yankees celebrating after a world series win. The shot was used on the cover of their yearbook for the next season, but they had traded Wells for Clemens by then and didn't want any pictures of him.

I felt awful about doing it for many reasons. First off, it didn't seem fair, I mean, he WAS on the team at the time of the win, and I think he was the reason for them winning in the first place (not sure, I just photoshop athletes, don't actually watch the sports, lol). Also, removing him absolutely ruined the shot, and subsequently the cover. The photo was of him being lifted up after the win and without him in it, it just looked like a tangled mess of players. They should have just used a different shot or went with a different cover design.

I almost wrote him a letter apologizing about it. If I even thought there was half a chance he'd have gotten and/or read it, I probably would have.
Posted by MadCarlotta  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  12:06 PM
There is even web based software to remove people with: <>. I have no idea if this works well or not as I have never used it.
Posted by Floormaster Squeeze  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  12:23 PM
The URL that should have been in my previous post:
Posted by Floormaster Squeeze  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  12:24 PM
It would be kind of creepy to notice yourself vanishing from official group photos while you're still working there.

Heh. Reminded me of Back to the Future.
Posted by Boo  in  The Land of the Haggii...  on  Mon Jul 31, 2006  at  01:39 PM
That's the worst crop of an official photo I've ever seen. They just cut out the middle section and slid the ends together. Priceless.
Posted by DJ  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  07:36 AM
Hah! I saw the title and went "Surely he hasn't read The Commissar Vanishes??" and reading further, indeed you have! You get major brownie points for that 😊
Posted by Mel  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  04:05 PM
If you get the job, will they just photoshop your head onto Joyce's body?
Posted by fk  on  Wed Aug 02, 2006  at  07:49 AM
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