I’m a native New Yorker. I got tired of looking at everyone else’s pictures of my city. In August 2001, I spent a day walking around with my dad and my camera taking pictures.
When I looked at the negatives, I decided I didn’t like the construction in the middle of Washington Square Arch in this photo.
So, with the help of my mom (who understands Photoshop), I removed it.
Not only is it not as interesting a picture, it was missing a key element. Look closely in the middle of the arch…
On September 11, 2001, I went back to the original photo. I was lucky, I could simply go back. The Towers couldn’t. The victims couldn’t. The first responders couldn’t. New York couldn’t.
The moral of this story: Always save your originals. You might want to go back to them.