Reddit Pic Requests

It is always strange to wander about in Internet communities with a fairly established culture. Reddit is not someplace I’ve ever spent any real time and while I still haven’t done much with it, I have been checking in on Pic Requests. It is really wild to see the diversity of requests and the speed and skill with which most of the requests are answered. These requests (and responses) run the gamut from –


[Request] My grandma is turning 94 on Christmas day. Can someone help me restore an old photo of her and her late husband from when they first met?

to

[Request] Can you make my sister into a t-rex chasing Johnny Depp?

People offer money, services in return, Reddit Gold, or just the challenge. It is amazing how fast and how well most of these requests are answered, often by multiple people. Were I teaching a Photoshop class, this would be where I would hangout as every level of project is offered by people who actually need/want the product. They range from fairly easy functional/technical requests to wide open conceptual pieces.

I have been attempting to help some people with repair work. I find it interesting and I’ve always wanted to be better at Photoshop but have a hard time doing work for no reason.1 It is difficult at times not to get too into this but I’m trying to keep the attempts at around 30 minutes.

In some ways this is playing around with the idea of Internet karma. I’m doing little things that may improve the lives of people or make the Internet better. These are things like these photo repairs but they also extend to making tutorials, transcribing some random old cookbook pages, or just sharing things like this post. It is what the Internet is made of and it is just the way it works but it is interesting to do it with some degree of intention and thought.

Turning 94

From this request.
Grandparents in Mexico


cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward

Tin Type Troubles

From this request.


cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward


1 I often would not do my own homework in school but would do other people’s work. I liked helping them but didn’t see any point in doing my own homework. Sometimes good things came from that. Some of my favorite books came from my roommates “Leadership in Science Fiction” course.

Comments on this post

  1. ekuhns said on December 20, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I’m right there with you lol…..I would check this out but knowi would end up spending too much time having fun with other peoples requests instead of doing my own work.

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