Friday, 23 March 2012

the photshop debate

There is so much said (online and in the press) about the use of Photoshop to re-touch and perfect images used in the media.  It doesn't really bother me I have to say.  I like to look at beautiful pictures.  There is a time and place for raw, real imagery, but there is also a place for making something look as good as it can be.  In fashion, for example, bring it on!  The photography should push boundaries and look incredible, as should the models.  I don't want to see their pimples or blotches. 

Cate Blanchett is being applauded for appearing on the cover of Intelligent Life as she really is - no airbrushing.  Good on her!  With just a little light make up and the perfect lighting she is gorgeous, and the tiny lines on her face give her depth and beauty. 

But I think the main message on the subject is this - be realistic. Know the difference between reality and art/fantasy/fashion. Who cares if Kate Winslet's bum is airbrushed - would you really prefer to see the dimpled skin?

Our kids? They should be brought up to realise the difference of what is real and what is not.  Have confidence in who they are, flaws and all.  And come on! Don't take the things too seriously!

Image: Cate Blanchett, Intelligent Life/The Economist
Image: Kate Winslet inside Vanity Fair 2008

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