Photography, Travel

TBT: Iceland 2015

All I’m going to say is: TAKE ME BACK.

Let’s look at a pretty slideshow of some of our pictures because I’m feeling slightly nostalgic all the way back to November 2015 (and I discovered that you can make slideshows just this morning and I want to use it).

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Heck yes.

Reykjavik 2015

Life Experience, Photography, Travel

Reykjavik 2015

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I’ve written about our experiences in Iceland with some photos. Genuinely one of the best times I’ve ever had and it’s such a beautiful country. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Photography

Selfie Culture

There’s an awful lot of talk from the older generation and cynical youths about ‘selfie culture’ – in other words: lots of first world teenagers and young adults are taking continuous pictures of themselves with the convenient front-facing cameras on the latest smart phones. Selfies have bombarded social media, and you can find a sometimes too-close-up of anybody’s face on Twitter, Facebook or, more commonly, Instagram without looking too hard.

It’s difficult to ignore, and it’s difficult to accept, with the idea that it’s horrifically vain and unnecessary. People have screamed ‘Stop taking pictures of your face and your food!’ to no avail, meeting a noisy wall of camera shutters and satisfying digital *pings*.

We’ve had selfies for charity, selfies for good causes, selfies for no reason at all, and it’s been met with a red rage from many internet users.

It’s a different world to what it used to be, but people have always – always – had pictures of themselves. Are we taking into account the royal portraits that adorn the walls of stately homes and castles? What is the difference between a picture of somebody, standing alone and someone who has snapped a picture of their face because they are proud of their make-up?

I don’t look at selfies as vain, or inappropriate. We live in a world that has developed a second nature of putting people down behind the walls of the internet, with no fear. Both women and men alike are scrutinised for how they look and in the current state of things, it feels like nobody can say anything right. So why not celebrate how you look? Some days I wake up on a morning and really struggle to look in the mirror. Other people feel the same and on that one day that they feel good about themselves, they should be entitled to celebrate that online to their friends. They shouldn’t feel nervous about posting their face online because they are contributing to the horrible ‘selfie culture’. Let’s just celebrate people’s looks and their confidence rather than putting everyone down, inadvertently or not.

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Entertainment, Photography

Dior, J-Law & Photoshop

I’ve recently read a blog article detailing the scandal of using Photoshop to make models in magazine adverts look more flawless than they already are. Jennifer Lawrence, an Oscar-winning and well-loved actress has recently come under scrutiny by popular blogging site Hellogiggles, referring to how much airbrushing a human face can actually take before it doesn’t look real.

There is a lot of debate around the subject of using Photoshop in ads, with an outcry for advertisers to use ‘real’ women in their posters for luxury perfume and make up. In this Dior commercial for lipstick, J-Law looks amazing, more amazing than anyone could ever look in real life and there’s been a lot of criticism, asking if this is right, that women in ads don’t look real. Is it misleading to women to suggest that this lipstick will make you look as beautiful as J-Law, as it magically makes your blemishes and chubbier-than-you’d-like-cheeks disappear? The answer is, no. In this day and age, it’s incredibly common knowledge that Photoshop is used; we know that actors and models probably don’t look as great as in the photos, and we know that that particular lipstick isn’t going to make your eyes sparkle like Barbie’s. We’ve seen the wonders that Photoshop can perform and it really revolutionised the magazine and advertising industry.

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Let’s consider this; if you’ve got this wonderful, unique product that you’re about to unleash on the world, surely you’re going to want the marketing campaigns to be the most beautiful, to stand out among all of the other millions of products out there. As a modern woman, I’m not going to be duped into thinking that one single make up product is going to change my life and make my skin look as smooth as a Disney princess’s. I do know, however, from the pretty advert that it’s a desirable and luxury make up product that I’d probably quite like to add to my make up bag, if I could afford it(!).

Don’t get me wrong, adverts have been pulled before for legitimately being misleading; Natalie Portman starred in a Dior o-NATALIE-PORTMAN-DIOR-AD-BANNED-570
advert for mascara and they specifically used Photoshop to lengthen the lashes, which is understandably not cool. But if Photoshop is being used to make someone look beautiful, rather than lie about the effects of the product, there isn’t necessarily a problem. We all know that Photoshop is used, and a lot of us have used it ourselves. We know that the unrealistic images in magazines aren’t always real and that not all women look like that in real life. We’re not supposed to feel duped by the magazines, they’re not intending for us to look at some famous actress with a tiny waist and big boobs and think that is always the norm.

The beautiful thing about these modern times is that we are learning to accept who we are, gracefully and gradually. We are now being told that there are all different shapes and sizes in the world and it’s okay to be who you want to be. Rather than paying much attention to photos in magazines, on TV, on the internet, we are clear about our identities and what we look like. We’re far more accepting of our shapes and that’s how it should be.

Photoshop doesn’t matter; why shouldn’t women look beautiful in magazines? Why can’t we have idealistic images to admire and look up to? As long as we’re happy in our own skin and don’t expect that these images are 100% normal and how you should look, that’s all that matters.

Entertainment, Life Experience, Misc., Photography

Snap Happy

I have a new camera – spoilt beyond belief by the best Sam ever – because I wanted to get a bit more profesh with my photos. My phone’s okay and everything for it, but there’s just something about having a camera in your hand that makes everything 100% better. The one I have is absolutely perfect, a Nikon Coolpix L330, and where it’s a bridge camera and not a DSLR it’s all I want to be able to take decent pictures that I can be reasonably proud of. My fingers are itching to press the button and get some snaps but the only opportunity so far has been my cat (seeing the HD whiskers in his face has been a treat, though) and I feel the need to run away somewhere and take some arty farty photos. I hope that photography will be something I can add to this already blossoming blog page – film reviews, matters, travel and now photography? What more does one need! Haha. Stay tuned.