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2010-06-21 10:09 pm (UTC)
fantastic post, and pictures. Thank you for this.
I don't think I'll ever be comfortable with my own body--that's a whole other issue--but I never retouch photographs, or me or anyone else. My pictures are only as true as they are. That moment, that light, that expression. That glass of wine, that putting up with my clambering on chairs and removing cats from backdrops. It's just a record of how my camera and I saw that person at that moment. If you want fiction, paint.
One person who sat for me--a woman of a certain age--was at first slightly distraught by the photographs. Side light from a north window reveals rather than smooths. Her life was written on her face. And man, what a glorious, gorgeous life and face that is. But she had been sent photographs of an old friend of hers the same day, a contemporary. How glamorous she looked, I was told. But then, a day or two and a few emails later, she had changed her mind. Her friend was soft lit, soft focused, an inch deep in makeup and photoshop. Hers were *her* and not a construct or confection of memory and wishful thinking. Just her, as a friend had seen her one summer afternoon. She has a print of one of them, and tells me it reminds her that people see her as beautiful.
Oof. long. Um. What was I saying? Oh yes. You are beautiful. Even if you only believe it in odd-numbered minutes.
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