It takes a team of 12 people and a whole day to create a set of images worthy of a magazine cover. What you need: A model; photographer, makeup artist, hair stylist, fashion stylist, editor,designer, lighting designer, photographer, photographer’s assistant, computer editors and a large budget!
The following commercial by Dove shows the process that goes into making an image ready for publication with computer manipulation creating the final touches.
We are all aware of air brushing; virtually no image goes to publication without going through this process. The media debate about it, cosmetic companies get sued for false claims and the occasional model and celebrity fiercely guard their right to an image, free from manipulation. All noble stuff, but it doesn’t stop the fact that we still compare ourselves to others, does it?
I looked again at BEAUTY SKETCH and thought about what Florence said..”My Mum told me I had a big jaw”
In my work, I have heard people describe themselves with resignation and ease over their looks based on what others’ have said.The comments are always from a negative perspective which I find sad and shocking.There can be no doubt that key figures such as parents, teachers and the relationships we choose play an influential role in our lives for better or for worse. In life, we demand respect and courtesy from others’ but perhaps we should also learn ownership of our physical appearance before anyone feels they have the right to.
Like your body, your face is a part of you, not apart from you. By learning to own what you see in the mirror, being proud of your flaws and embracing your unique qualities, others’ will perhaps will be able to do the same.