Saturday, 23 August 2008

In the name of perfection

lara


It's no secret we live in a hedonistic society obsessed with perfection; one only has to think in all the tools within our reach to change what it is not written in our genes: plastic surgery, make-up...and the list goes on and on.

After much thought, I can't think -apart from the obvious- of any reasons to explain this phenomenon. Aren't flaws the ones that give us character?

On top of it, is the overuse of Photoshop. I beg those who are working at magazines to stop it because most of the times it's on the verge of tackyness.


"A flaw, a mistake. That's what makes the poetry, gives it the painterly quality". Miroslav Tichý.

Maybe not - Cat Power

17 comments:

joanne said...

i really can't agree more... a similar question struck me as i was taking photos one day - why can't everything be out of focus for once? isn't it sometimes more beautiful that way?

and so i took the rest of my pictures without a care for accuracy.

they're some of my best photographs.

enc said...

Agreed. I like variety, not sameness.

Lisa said...

SO right. wonderfully put.

we should just get rid of photo-shop. It's unnecessary. Real women can't use it in real life so why should magazines ? AS it's the real people that are their audience.

hmmmm I doubt fashion folk agree ( ? )

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

though it's fun to finger through magazines and see all of the perfect photographs, i'd be much happier to see real people instead of computer images.

THE HOUSE OF STYLE said...

fabulously put! Flaws make us distinctive and different from the next boy or girl.
that quote says it all...
x Marian

coco said...

I agree with every word.

I like people that have someting 'wrong' about them. It makes them more beautiful!

LEESH said...

i remember watching a documentary on a famous model (shoot, forgot her name) and they used to photoshop out her mole on her lip because it was a "flaw"- but now she is able to use that flaw as something that makes her different and unique. it's wonderful! flaws are what make us fabulous!
xx great post

bronwyn said...

I totally agree with you! It makes us have unrealistic expectations of ourselves which is really sad.

natalia grozina said...

Cute blog!

Marilynn said...

I agree with you. Too many girls are comparing themselves to overly photoshopped airbrushed pictures of models.

I think o0ur flaws make us perfect.

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susie_bubble said...

I definitely think imperfections give depth and character...

Mila said...

I couldn't agree with you more!

However, i love Lara Stone, she's gorgeous and (to me) not perfect...

;)
Mila.

sydneydoll said...

i guess it depends on the extent of the differences.

we say we want difference but the truth is when we are too different, theirs discrimination.

up and down town said...

i do avoid the big brands (vogue, bazaar, etc.) to spare myself the bland meal they serve.

alluretone said...

i love flaws- like thom's eye and hutton's gap tooth. i agree it's what gives us character. all ive been thinking about lately whenever i look at magazines is, "how much did they photoshop her?" it's distracting and makes things much more bland.

I heart milk said...

So right! can't agree more.

Modelizer said...

I find the overuse of photoshop to be sickening and I love photoshop. I used it in a way that you can't tell anything was retouched, which is what it's intended for as far as I'm concerned. It's to touch out what's naturally not there all the time, such as a zit or skin blemishes [like discoloration post zit] but people don't understand that concept any more and create a mask for girls to hide behind. It's awful.

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