The image accompanying this post is one I plan on using in an upcoming post on the records from the “East Frisia, Germany, Fire Insurance Registration, 1768-1937“ which were recently released on Ancestry.com.
This post isn’t about those records. It’s about whether or not I need to include a comment on my image indicating that I modified the image by removing blank space from the original document.
The names in the original book and accompanying image are spaced apart, most likely to allow for later comments or annotations. In the interest of making good use of space, I decided to remove most of the blank space from the original image, creating the image shown in this post.
When an image of a document is manipulated by moving actual text or graphic content, I think that the individual modifying that image should indicate that such a modification has been made for essentially two reasons:
- the image is different from the original and that makes it a derivative image
- there is always the chance that moving text or graphics on an image leaves the viewer with a different impression or conclusion than was implied by the original document
But what if blank space is removed? Should that be noted?