Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Bare

Life is too short to go around feeling apologetic for the face you show to the world. - Tara
I read this on Tara's blog a few weeks ago.  I've had a few self portraits that I haven't shared yet.  I thought about blogging my bare pictures.  Then I forgot.  Then I read this from Penny over at Pantomime Papers.  I feel pretty strongly about this because natural beauty is not bounded by the physical.  Beauty is experience and attitude as well.  Seeing women (women especially, but sometimes men) surgically alter themselves or spend hours a day transforming themselves to a standard of beauty that can only be achieved through photo manipulation is so very sad to me.  I've heard in religious circles before that these kind of alterations are comparative to telling God that He made a mistake in how He made you.  The sentiment rings true outside the religious realm as well though - these rituals to alter ourselves indicate that there is a wrong that must be fixed.

In addition to physically altering themselves, there is also a trend of "Oh, I'm so sorry you have to see my ugly mug" disclaimers labeling photographs across the blogosphere.  Apologizing legitimizes the false and dangerous idea that the way we look is wrong.

So without alteration and without apology, this is me.
 Self Portrait 1 July 2010
 Self Portrait 2 July 2010

8 comments:

  1. You're beautiful! I don't know why your post made me think of this, but one time I was making my friend and I almost late for church cause I had to, of all things, put on a little bit of makeup. She doesn't like makeup to begin with, but the thought of having to put on makeup before church was (sensibly) getting to her and she blurted out "FRESH FACED BEFORE GOD"... and ever since then, it's made me say a tiny prayer as I'm putting on my makeup before church. What she was trying to say is that God wants us open hearted and open faced at church and while makeup is just a physical cover-up of flaws, our heart is the only thing that matters at church. We weren't late, for the record :)

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  2. Absolutely beautiful! I'm still scared to post my "bare" shot, but this give me a bit more confidence to just go ahead and do it!

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  3. You're beautiful, no matter how you look at it :)

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  4. You're beautiful!! I've had to del a lot with beauty images (particularly when it comes to hair) for many years. Self-acceptance is a beautiful thing!

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  5. This is an awesome post! I do always cringe a little bit when people post comments before photos apologizing for how they appear in the pictures...I have made a comment or two myself about my hair looking bad or something...I'm guilty of it as well! But we shouldn't apologize for who we are and how we look...you're inspiring me to post a similar photo now!

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  6. LOVE this post! I may have to do a bare-faced post soon, also! Very inspiring!

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  7. Great post! You've encouraged me to stop apologizing for how I look in pictures--you're right. That's just perpetuating the view that we need to feel bad about not looking 'perfect'--and who's defining 'perfect' anyway??

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