Someone recently included me in this anti-photoshop post and I feel that it would be pretty dishonest to not say anything about it. It took me a couple of weeks to figure out what my unease was all about, and it boiled down to this: I’m just not a worthy example of flaw-embracing natural beauty.
First of all, guys, I am a professional retoucher. I’ve retouched literally thousands of photos for books and magazines.
Which brings me to the second thing: I’m a professional photographer. I take attractive photos of people for money and I’m reasonably competent at that, which means I know how to shoot myself at my best, too.
Third thing: I’m a model. However infrequently, I’ve been modeling since I was 6 years old – I know what I’m doing in front of a camera, more or less.
Fourth thing: I’m a former makeup artist.
So, pretty much everything I’ve ever been involved in has to do with augmenting reality in one way or another, down to my decidedly un-terrestrial art. To summarise, most of the photos I publish of myself are edited in one way or another, or taken in flattering light, or have decent makeup, at the very least. I fucking love Photoshop! I love polish. I love fantasy. To not say so would be disingenuous.
All this prompted me to take a no-makeup-or-grooming, no retouching, natural light photo, so here you go. I did pose and edit the color though :P
"None of them are paying attention."
"Let’s go there’s better drugs at Anli’s"
"Fuck Anli’s. I spent a fucking fortune on this suit and I want to scare the shit of someone who thinks I’m going to eat them before I have to fucking give it back."
"Alright. Who’re you going to eat?"
"Who are YOU going to eat?"
These clappers are shaped like hands. They were used in magical practices to scare away evil spirits and ghosts. By clapping them together a noise is created that accompanies a ritual.
Egyptian, found in Amarna. From the New Kingdom, 18th dynasty, 1353 - 1336 BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
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