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All Good Children Go to Heaven.

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alanshortis:

Alan Shortis
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alanshortis:

Alan Shortis

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dwam:

I’m always sad to realize how easily tricked people are by images.
I work as a photographer, but also as a model, and sometimes as a photoshop editor, so, I know the tricks. I know them well. Maybe my eyes are used to see the truth behind, so I’m not even paying attention any longer ?
But seeing the growing insecurities and complexes people (and, let’s be honest, when I say people, I think mostly women) seem to get nowadays from the amount of images bombarded at us, from the medias, in fashion, magazines, movies, or on street boards ; I can’t help to question my own work and the impact of these images I produced, too. 
Last year I’ve been trying to progressively shoot and post pictures that feel more sincere to me, more natural, closer to what I see and what I want to show. That might make some laugh, since I work mostly with natural light, and I know I’m considered like an already-very-light-handed photoshopper in my work. And although it’s true I photoshop little to nothing, it also raises the question of the “honesty” of a picture. Of course we shoot on flattering lights (in a way, for me, it’s all about it). Of course we will twist a body to make it looks the way we find beautiful, and try to catch the best angles so the features of a face are the most pleasant, or striking, the expression we are looking for…. When it’s what we want to show. Sometimes it’s not even a conscious act any longer, it’s like, a reflex. But I reckon we shoot the same a landscape or a still-life : composition, light, balance, that’s what matters. It’s always a kind of scenery. I’m not a photo-reporter, I’m not showing dramatic events and politics. I’m not shooting factual or hyper-realistic ; I’m shooting the beauty of a moment, or a creation. I think. I fancy thinking my photography works are like visual poems. I’m attracted to emotions, and beauty yes, and the emotions this beauty will convey - be it a wonderful face or a perfectly shaped architecture, or a sunray or a pattern - and beauty is a very fluid and different concept for any of us. Still, it is my job to create appealing pictures. 
So I won’t feel bad for enhancing some beautiful subjects, or taking flattering pictures of them. But when it comes to people, there is an issue, because we grew so accustomed with the heavy editing we don’t even realize it’s an image, a screened-window on reality, not the reality.
I’ve seen my fair share of skin texture and colours and depth and relieves, eyebags, bruises, cellulites, stretch marks, ingrown hair, scars…. I also struggled with my perception of my own “bad skin”. I remember saying countless times to any model worrying about “a little zit on my bum” or they so-called “bad-skin-today” that EVERY ONE has pores, zits, skin blemishes and imperfections that make us humans, and that’s fine and don’t make you less beautiful or less interesting. Then I suppose in this sea of perfected images, we need lots of reminder.
I shot this as a kind of scale. One picture without any edition, raw as it came. The next one, just the slightest usual light and color correction. 
The third picture my face wears only foundation.
The last one shows a little make-up and small photoshop-retouching. 
Compare by yourself. 
I insist on the fact this is just an example of the effects of very minor editing. See the difference it already makes, and imagine how far we could go. I chose to shoot this on period, cramping, tired, with a non-flattering and simple day light ; however this is what I considered a very good skin day - no break-out, usual eyeballs, the shadow of a sunburn. I think it’s also interesting to see how it shows the face’s asymmetry. 
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dwam:

I’m always sad to realize how easily tricked people are by images.

I work as a photographer, but also as a model, and sometimes as a photoshop editor, so, I know the tricks. I know them well. Maybe my eyes are used to see the truth behind, so I’m not even paying attention any longer ?

But seeing the growing insecurities and complexes people (and, let’s be honest, when I say people, I think mostly women) seem to get nowadays from the amount of images bombarded at us, from the medias, in fashion, magazines, movies, or on street boards ; I can’t help to question my own work and the impact of these images I produced, too. 

Last year I’ve been trying to progressively shoot and post pictures that feel more sincere to me, more natural, closer to what I see and what I want to show. That might make some laugh, since I work mostly with natural light, and I know I’m considered like an already-very-light-handed photoshopper in my work. And although it’s true I photoshop little to nothing, it also raises the question of the “honesty” of a picture. Of course we shoot on flattering lights (in a way, for me, it’s all about it). Of course we will twist a body to make it looks the way we find beautiful, and try to catch the best angles so the features of a face are the most pleasant, or striking, the expression we are looking for…. When it’s what we want to show. Sometimes it’s not even a conscious act any longer, it’s like, a reflex. But I reckon we shoot the same a landscape or a still-life : composition, light, balance, that’s what matters. It’s always a kind of scenery. I’m not a photo-reporter, I’m not showing dramatic events and politics. I’m not shooting factual or hyper-realistic ; I’m shooting the beauty of a moment, or a creation. I think. I fancy thinking my photography works are like visual poems. I’m attracted to emotions, and beauty yes, and the emotions this beauty will convey - be it a wonderful face or a perfectly shaped architecture, or a sunray or a pattern - and beauty is a very fluid and different concept for any of us. Still, it is my job to create appealing pictures. 

So I won’t feel bad for enhancing some beautiful subjects, or taking flattering pictures of them. But when it comes to people, there is an issue, because we grew so accustomed with the heavy editing we don’t even realize it’s an image, a screened-window on reality, not the reality.

I’ve seen my fair share of skin texture and colours and depth and relieves, eyebags, bruises, cellulites, stretch marks, ingrown hair, scars…. I also struggled with my perception of my own “bad skin”. I remember saying countless times to any model worrying about “a little zit on my bum” or they so-called “bad-skin-today” that EVERY ONE has pores, zits, skin blemishes and imperfections that make us humans, and that’s fine and don’t make you less beautiful or less interesting. Then I suppose in this sea of perfected images, we need lots of reminder.

I shot this as a kind of scale. One picture without any edition, raw as it came. The next one, just the slightest usual light and color correction. 

The third picture my face wears only foundation.

The last one shows a little make-up and small photoshop-retouching. 

Compare by yourself. 

I insist on the fact this is just an example of the effects of very minor editing. See the difference it already makes, and imagine how far we could go. I chose to shoot this on period, cramping, tired, with a non-flattering and simple day light ; however this is what I considered a very good skin day - no break-out, usual eyeballs, the shadow of a sunburn. I think it’s also interesting to see how it shows the face’s asymmetry. 

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dollywoodmakeup:

BRRRRRAAAAAIIIINNNNSSSS.

Video here : http://youtu.be/hFJpPqlZ2O4

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Batman (1966)

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egalitariste:

feministe-radicale-et-bisexuelle:

edwardspoonhands:

cassandracroft:

So this is what trust looks like.

Funny, my first thought was “So this is what the patriarchy looks like.”

Yup. This is how women are supposed to trust men. With their lives.

Woman : “Hey, can we just… Drop the bow?”Man : “WHY DON’T YOU TRUST ME I’M NOT A VIOLENT GUY, YOU ARE INSULTING ME THINKING I WILL HURT YOU!!!”Woman : “No it’s just… Well I’m afraid.”Man : “But why? Look at me, I’m not afraid. And we’re equal, look, we pull the bow together.”Woman : “I think we’re not equal, you can kill me with the arrow and I can’t.”Man : “What? So you would like to be able to kill me? You’re so agressive!”Woman : “That’s not what I mean, we were talking about equality : you can hurt me, I can’t.”Man : “Of course you can. You can hit me with the bow if you want.”Woman : “That’s not the same thing, it will never kill you.”Man : “Oh, you always complaining, stop victimising yourself! Do I talk about the difficulty of holding the arrow? Of the responsability it giving to me?”[…]Etc, etc.Every debates about gender equality, ladies and gentleman.
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egalitariste:

feministe-radicale-et-bisexuelle:

edwardspoonhands:

cassandracroft:

So this is what trust looks like.

Funny, my first thought was “So this is what the patriarchy looks like.”

Yup. This is how women are supposed to trust men. With their lives.

Woman : “Hey, can we just… Drop the bow?”
Man : “WHY DON’T YOU TRUST ME I’M NOT A VIOLENT GUY, YOU ARE INSULTING ME THINKING I WILL HURT YOU!!!”
Woman : “No it’s just… Well I’m afraid.”
Man : “But why? Look at me, I’m not afraid. And we’re equal, look, we pull the bow together.”
Woman : “I think we’re not equal, you can kill me with the arrow and I can’t.”
Man : “What? So you would like to be able to kill me? You’re so agressive!”
Woman : “That’s not what I mean, we were talking about equality : you can hurt me, I can’t.”
Man : “Of course you can. You can hit me with the bow if you want.”
Woman : “That’s not the same thing, it will never kill you.”
Man : “Oh, you always complaining, stop victimising yourself! Do I talk about the difficulty of holding the arrow? Of the responsability it giving to me?”

[…]
Etc, etc.
Every debates about gender equality, ladies and gentleman.

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"You should smile more!"

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"You look tired!"

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"Are you really going to eat all that?"

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Is it that time of month?

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"You’re just being dramatic"

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"You have terrible taste"

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"Just exercise and eat less!"

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"Thats really slutty"

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"I love Robin Thicke!"

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the possibilities are endless!

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mommylovestattoos:

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The Evil Dead - Sam Raimi’s low budget camera rigs

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a-long-road-winding:

hijabiswag:

rosejanenoble:

womb-of-reefer:

How The Face Changes With Shifting A Light Source

this is one of the coolest things on tumblr

See, I’m not unattractive, the lighting’s just wrong everywhere.

we are all the same rosejanenoble

as an LD this is frickin useful

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