Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

Did You Know: Studies Show People Believe They Look Like the Retouched Version of Themselves

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Remember the “Dove Real Beauty Sketches” advertisement? It was the ad that brought in various women, and then had those women and a stranger they had just met describe them to a forensic artists. This, in the end, showed the original participants that they were far more beautiful than they saw themselves.

It was an admirable advertisement that went viral, but according to a series of studies performed last year by psychological researchers Nicholas Epley of the University of Chicago and Erin Whitchurch of the University of Virginia, the Dove campaign might just have it backwards. In other words: they found that we actually think we’re MORE attractive than we really are. Read more…

Photoshop Experiment: 1 Photograph, 27 Countries, 27 Definitions of ‘Beautiful’

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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if journalist Esther Honig has proven anything with her fascinating Photoshop project Before & After, it’s that whoever ‘they’ are (it turns out, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford) is right. Read more…

Incredible Portraits of Ornate Fowl Found at Chicken Beauty Pageants

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Singapore-based photographer Ernest Goh, known best for his incredible work with animals, has just recently put another book out. This time, he’s documenting the world of Chicken Beauty Pageants. Yes, Chicken Beauty Pageants. They exist… I guess.

Titled Cocks: The Chicken Book (you have no idea how difficult it is not to make jokes at this point…) this collection of work explores the beauty of some of the most debonaire fowl you have ever seen. Read more…

Former Supermodel Talks Photoshop and the Narrowing Definition of Beauty

Here’s an interesting video that offers a perspective we don’t often get on the whole “anti-Photoshop,” “what really is ‘Beauty’” debate. In this short interview, former supermodel Paulina Porizkova gives her take on an industry she left behind in the mid-nineties. Read more…

Perfectly Symmetrical Portraits Show that a Symmetrical Face is Not Always Beautiful

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New York-based photographer Alex John Beck began his series Both Sides Of in order to explore two beliefs. First, that perfectly symmetrical faces are the most beautiful. And second, that one face is representative of one character.

The final photographs, displayed as pairs of symmetrical portraits that show what the subject would look like if you simply mirrored their left or right sides, seem to indicate that neither of these beliefs holds true. Read more…

Very Informative Side-by-Side Comparison of Different Light Modifiers

A few weeks ago, we shared a video by photographer Karl Taylor that gave you a behind the scenes look at what a day-long fashion shoot in his studio was like. And even though a few of our readers poked fun at the video’s obvious product placement, a lot of people learned a thing or two and came back with followup questions regarding the light modifiers that Taylor was using throughout the day.

Fortunately for us, Taylor was listening, and has produced this very informative follow-up video in which he discusses the differences between his go-to modifiers, complete with side-by-side comparisons. Read more…

Dove Uses Self-Portrait Photography Class and Exhibition to Help Redefine Beauty

If your advertising campaign’s goal is to redefine beauty and help High School girls accept and even embrace the flaws so studiously eliminated on magazine covers, you’ve got an uphill battle ahead of you. But Dove is fighting (and maybe even winning) that battle, and one of the ways they’re doing it is by putting the selfie to more empowering use. Read more…

This Awe-Inspiring Time-Lapse Captures the Power of the 2013 Colorado Wildfires

In June and July of this year, record temperatures and dry conditions in Colorado led to massive wildfires that destroyed hundreds of structures and the loss of 2 lives. The fires were so big that the smoke plumes could clearly be seen from space.

College Station, Texas-based filmmaker and photographer Matt Johnson created the time-lapse video above that captures both the beauty of Colorado’s landscapes and the power of the recent forest fires.
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Real Beauty Isn’t Retouched

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Dove Canada is getting serious about promoting Real Beauty by going after art directors, graphic designers and photo retouchers — basically anyone who distorts body image in print. In order to fight those who they feel create an unrealistic representation of what the body actually looks like, they created a “Beautify” action that can be downloaded for free from popular editing sites. The action appears to add a “glowing skin” effect when in reality, it reverts the image back to its original, unretouched state, thus driving home Dove’s philosophy that “Real Beauty Isn’t Retouched.”

I don’t know about you, but if I downloaded a skin enhancing action only to find it reverted my image back to the unretouched state, I’d be throwing out all my Dove products in protest.
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Don’t Let the Retouched Photographs of the World Affect Your Own Self Image

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I recently had an unusual experience. I was standing in a department store aimlessly browsing some shiny shelving that held many glittery bottles with promises of youth and perfect beauty. In the process of being pseudo hypnotized by the lovely array of bright colors, I heard a small feminine voice pipe up in the aisle behind me.

She was fawning over the stunning portraits of celebrity beauties that held small spaces, conveniently placed right above eye level. She kept saying how perfect and beautiful they all were, and you could hear a kind of wistful tone to her phrases. The kind of tone that says “I wish that were me”. After a few moments of hearing her adoration, I couldn’t keep quiet.
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