Be happy with how you look

Hello all,

In my photography course, we study post production, among other things such as theory and the actual taking of images. I find it frustrating how much emphasis is put on making people look (sometimes impossibly) perfect. Getting rid of every spot, wrinkle and stray hair may make you look younger, or as some say more “beautiful,” but I believe it would be much more beneficial to us all if we were able to be happy with how we look.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are times when photoshop tools have their place. I don’t see a problem with removing temporary marks (spots/rashes that show on the skin for a short time). They are not a part of your regular appearance. However, when you go to extremes, you end with images that look like this:

The woman in the first image looks practically unrecognisable from the woman in the second image, but it is the same woman. It is no longer an accurate representation of her.

The main issue I have with this kind of retouching, is how often it is seen in images available to the general public.

Many people who read magazines do not realise that the models featured have been altered digitally, which can lead to all kinds of problems, from feeling self-conscious about their appearance, to developing eating disorders (as there will have often been edits done on models’ waistlines):

This also happens in adverts such as in images from before and after pictures of people who have used a certain skincare product. Chances are, the person has had two images taken, relatively similar, then has had editing done on one of them to show a “change” in the condition of their skin or hair *. This leads people to buy a product after seeing the images of people whom it has worked on, and many times it turns out that the product doesn’t work as well as it was supposed to. Good money raising tactic though, show people that a product “works” and you’ll get customers by the million… :/

I expect that the post production will continue for a long time to come, but if we keep ourselves and others educated then perhaps we could prevent the onset of self-consciousness, eating disorders and depression (just to name a few mental disorders and mindsets) from seeing “perfect” people in images and wishing that we looked the same.

Be happy with how you look and you’ll find that you start liking who you are and enjoying your life more 🙂

Until next time,

The Nocturnal Philosopher 🙂

* I’m not saying that every advert does this, I’m sure there are many products out there that have actually worked for the people pictured. What I am saying however, is do some research into a product you want to try and try and get in contact with someone whom it has worked for before you buy.



~ by thenocturnalphilosopher on 27/05/2013.

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