You may well have heard the story of a well-intentioned Spanish lady in her 80s who has completely butchered a fresco of Christ on a church wall in Zaragoza by having a stab at an amateur restoration. Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) was painted by Elias Garcia Martinez over 100 years ago in the Sanctuary of Mercy Church, where it has held pride of place since.
The ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots really have to be seen to be believed:
The internet reacted in its usual manner – parodies and Photoshop jobs doing the rounds faster than you can clean a paintbrush, with many famous images of religious iconography being doctored to include the botched fresco restoration. One of the best I’ve seen is this new take on one of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces, The Last Supper:
So why am I blogging about this story? Well for starters it’s a Friday, so I think we can all be excused for having just a little bit of fun. But more importantly this tale from Spain reminds us that sometimes things can be permanently lost. In this case it looks like the original artist’s vision of Ecce Homo may be lost forever (at least as a physical fresco). However this doesn’t have to be the case for your own images.
If your Facebook photos and Instagram snaps mean the world to you, then make sure you back them up in case anything were to happen to them. I’m not suggesting for one second that an old lady is going to rifle through your hard drive and distort the faces of everyone in your pictures, but you know what – accidents happen. Server glitches, hacking attacks, unintentional deletion… there are many ways that you might end up losing your online images.