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Question #24842 posted on 05/09/2006 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Go to http://www.lds.org/newsroom/showpackage/0,15367,3899-1---23-579,00.html and scroll down to the 7th photo, which is labeled, "Wide view of Nauvoo Temple from the west." What's up with that photo? What happened to the middle arch?
-Jorge

A: Dear Jorge,

After examining your photo, I sent an e-mail directly to the Church Public Affairs department. Alas, I received no response. So, I called the Newsroom... and was unable to get anyone to comment on that particular picture. So, I have no official statement on what is up with that picture.

The image really looks like it was doctored in Photoshop to erase the arch. The only thing I can imagine is that there was a car, person or other in the way. But, then that wouldn't be an ethical handout photo without pointing out that the image was doctored.

One option I can see is a comparison between the high-res original image (http://www.lds.org/media/images/enr/NauvooTempleexteriors/NauvooTempleWideW-3267_CRW.jpg) and another view from the west (http://www.lds.org/media/images/enr/NauvooTempleexteriors/ExtTempleSE2.jpg). In the second image you will notice an electrical light pole. Looking from the perspective of the original image, the electrical light pole could be directly in line between the camera and the center arch. So, somebody decided to remove the pole and the arch all together.

Overall, this is a very odd mystery. I will continue to seek an answer from church public affairs... and hopefully be able to post an update to this piece later. Please feel free to check back over the next week.

That is all... well... almost.

Horatio