Life is too short to go around feeling apologetic for the face you show to the world. - TaraI 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