Airbrushing has existed now for a lot of years but where should we draw the line? There is a vast difference from removing a pimple or a few wrinkles around the eyes, compared to full body re- sculpturing.
The problem seems to be mainly in celebrity, fashion and the glamour side of photography and how these images effect the psyche of young people both male and female. Trying to look like these manipulated mannequins causes serious issues that can lead to severe illness and even death. Is this true? and who is responsible? Should we blame the photographer for allowing his images to be recreated on the computer by retouchers until it bares no resemblance to the original. Is it the responsibility of the editors of these magazines who's job it is to sell their product no matter what, failure to do that and they will be replaced. Or is it the consumers fault? after all we buy them.
I myself have manipulated and touched up images to CREATE a better photograph. However I have never manipulated people, but to be fair it's not my living and if it were maybe I would have to think differently, if a customer wants it. My belief is that people come in all shapes and sizes and there is beauty in the natural form. As individuals we are all critical of our own appearance, always looking at our imperfections. Young people have always looked at celebrity and been effected by their looks and dress. It used to be Ava Gardner Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, now it's Kate Moss, Posh Spice and Keira Knightley etc etc..
Have things really changed?
Do we need a law to stop retouching?
Will it make any difference?
When I look at fantastic looking men and woman, I wish I had been able to photograph them, to stand behind the lens of my camera and try and capture the real person within the image. After all isn't that what photography is all about?
If we change and manipulate them are we not stripping them of their true identity and devaluing their talent?
Should we have a law against plastic surgery? another form of manipulation of the human form.
I could go on for ever and the argument would grow and grow.
Personally I think the responsibility lies with all of us, we live in a material world where how we look and what we own are the most important things in life. Yes I do believe that these magazines that manipulate images to excess have an effect on how young people regard themselves. But I think the problem is more widespread than editorials or the movie business.
According to News Channels, Obesity is now one of the biggest health problems in the developed world. So who is to blame for that? What's the answer? Who knows!
What do you think?
What do you think?