There are, without a doubt, thousands of statuses, forums, conversations and blog posts about photo manipulation. About how supermodels aren’t real people, or how they are real people but can’t possibly look that way in person. (*confusion pause*…ok continue) OR when eavesdropping on both men and women, “But that’s like…so many layers of like…photoshop. That isn’t like…beauty.” I think you can tell by my mock-u-lating tone that I think all statements and criticisms are erroneous. And now. I will explain why. *fairydust*
Art is a world that can be confusing, it can be simple, it can be a fairytale…it really can become anything it wants to be. When Katy Perry was “photo-shopped” on the cover of Rolling Stone, everyone went into an anti-photo shop craze. It is a photograph. It is a piece of work. A piece of art, whether you like it or not. Art manipulates at times and that is what makes it so fascinating. Being able to make what seemingly looks normal into abnormal and vice versa is a glorious ability and occurrence that we really shouldn’t be pointing swords at. So…what…if they…photo shopped…a celebrity…It looks better, and you’re just insecure and upset that it looks better. It looks like the dream we want to believe. There are SO MANY other shoots and opportunities to get “the real fame with no makeup” bullshit thing. And I love when people throw the, “Yeah but Victorias Secret Models are really perfect. They don’t need—” and then I interrupt them with a sonic swirl of agreements and disagreements : Oh yes. They are a form of perfection…but they are the face for a product and are selling a product : you bess believe there will be photoshop involved in one degree or another.” Photo shop isn’t only for minimizing bellies or maximizing the booty - it’s an entire editing room. A person commenting on photo shop when they have absolutely no clue what a photographer actually does is quite frankly upsetting.
It. Is. Fun. To. Change. Colors. And. Manipulate. Shit.
That is why you buy the magazines you buy. Because it isn’t the usual and mundane. Browns become chocolates thanks to modern day editing. Photographs : thousands of captures that are all 100% perspective. (And photo shop isn’t the only editing program but that’s just ridiculous nerd talk that doesn’t have to be discussed right now.) Let me even push it a bit further. 50s - 90s : they used straight, classic, FILM cameras. Now. Film cameras have their own kind of glow and affect. I have been shot by Film numerous of times. And there are so many film shot photos where I think, “Ha. I wish my skin looked that smooth.” You come out looking like a perfect canvas. And ladies and gentleman, it is a sin to use extreme editing with Film. Point Blank : Film also “lies.”
The next time you see a celebrity shot in some awesome villa, take a second to admire the photo. Allow yourself to soak it in. Because if we didn’t live in a world where we weren’t able to “manipulate” and “lie” with the art that freedom allows us to create : we would all…be…ever so bored.
And I’ll never understand why changing things around is considered a problem. Why giving Madonna more of a masculine appearance in one shoot and more of a diva dot com glamour babe vixen lady in another is somehow a sin. That is the point. To do and be what ever you want to be. Art has no shape, no gender, no real name even. It just is. It goes with whatever an artist says. Sometimes against. That is the beauty and confusion of it all. Just eat it.
And yes. Some people do look as perfect as they do in a photo. I have met such model-humans with my own eyes. Some look better in person. And some models slash people do not. I have been offended so many times. Numerous amounts of times I have been told by people in and outside of my field. Should I write a list? YEA. (these 3 examples are only a few of the factual statements that have been said to my small Hispanic-American face) :
1. “Hey. You look…really different from your photos.”
2. “Oh. You’re the model?”
3. “Oh wow. You look so different in person. You’re like hot in your photos. But like…not right now.”
But then there are others that say the complete opposite or “You look the same. Wut?” - Another point to prove : Everything, is an opinion. And I have quickly learned to roll with the punches and to roll in the gold as well.
Photo Manipulation, Chop-Shop, Glow-Tech Bamboozlement : Whatever you want to call it…is actually awesome. And is used more often than you would ever believe.
Accept this and enjoy art.
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Sometimes, I have to post obsessions. And one of my current obsessions is this movie. (Parts 1 & 2). So. Good.
My first podcast…and I had no idea this was going to be a podcast so forgive me for my very relaxed state. But enjoy because DJ Viking asks some great questions. Thank you.
"I have a fear of being boring." - Christian Bale
I was thinking to myself the other day, “What do I really fear?” Now. Granted. This isn’t really the quote on quote healthiest thought, but, I think it’s good once in a while to ask yourself something scary, something beautiful, something strange. I think when “once in a while” becomes “every moment of my life” then…then we’ve got a problem.
But back to the odd question I curiously wanted to know about myself (narcissus moment), I was left kind of tongue-tied. Then I fell upon the quote above. And that is exactly what I fear most…being boring. For someone to walk away and utter, “My goodness, what a bore.” To look at any piece of work I’ve been apart of and yawn, flip the next page, and yawn : and repeat this cycle like a nightmare of a little scrawny yawning man. Of course, it’s probably already happened. Everyone can’t like everyone. But there is an actual fear that rises when the thought of causing any boredom in someones life. It’s borderline ridiculous.
But the thought doesn’t stop just there. Because then that would be boring. “Why. Why am I afraid of this?” People, from motivational speakers to your 70 year old grand father, say one of the most famous things to say all the time when you’re in your own form of doubt, “It doesn’t matter what people think of you.” And…20% of that may be true, but obviously, I kind of beg to differ. It makes me twitch when someone says that to me and I tell them that I disagree and they react with a shrug. Is it just something “to say” to make people “feel better.” Example : “hi how are you?” - “good” - “great. have a nice day.” } because not only is that boring that is insanely depressing. I don’t understand sometimes why people say things to say things : like they’re filling in the blanks as if conversing with human beings is a test. Keeping things up in the clouds as my mother would say. But the clouds are so much nicer than being … safe.
Why does it matter what people think of us/each other/you/me? I’ll explain to the extent that it does. It matters because it trains consideration. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet. Sometimes you have to suck it up. Sometimes you have to be you full force. But it’s being aware. Interaction. When you say to someone it doesn’t matter what people think of you, I think a quick thought of “it only matters what I think” strides along. And that is most certaintly not the case. But we easily get confused. I get it. And I’ve been around people that are a breath of fresh air because of their genuine carelessness…but they’re still considerate and know when and when not to speak.
But that’s the beauty of it…living in a world of every single ice cream flavor imaginable. You have a Soufflé of Woman Who Never Speaks and a Tiramisu of Guy Who Will Just Not Stop Talking. And I get that…and I guess I’m the Raspberry Tart Who Doesn’t Ever Want to be Boring.
We all have our fears and they naturally pertain to our lives. I feel like it’s really okay to (pardon madame) give a shit. But I understand that’s my brain. I like to hear people, when they’re happy and angry as hell about something. I thrive off reaction. I think what we call, the human condition, goes a bit past the everyday hello and the most annoying question of all time, “What do you do for fun?” (To answer this, I have really erroneous thoughts and ask myself what would Samuel L Jackson look like as a pomeranian : is what I do for fun.)
I don’t think there was a point to this post because in reality, there’s no point to fear. It’s just there. And pops out of nowhere. It can be annoying, it can haunting, and it can just…be. But my fear is definitely to be considered boring.