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25 August 2003 @ 01:25 pm
looking for a link  
There was a link floating around recently, to the page of a guy who does airbrushing--it showed the before & after shots of a woman, illustrating how fashion photography radically idealizes feminine beauty by removing shadows, lines, skin tone, etc. Does anyone have that URL? I never bookmarked it.
Maria: CateCigmery_fr on August 25th, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
There you go: http://homepage.mac.com/gapodaca/digital/bikini/index.html.
It's impressive in a disturbing way.
Anna S.: gileseliade on August 25th, 2003 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

It's impressive in a disturbing way.

That sums it up so nicely. ;>)
AynAtonal: cow (crazybutsound)aynatonal on August 25th, 2003 02:38 pm (UTC)
I think the most telling thing for me is what he did to her bellybutton. Her individuality and even humanity is erased, replaced with something sterile, perfect and really sort of creepy.

This one, from the same artist, is pretty mind boggling too:

herewiss13herewiss13 on August 25th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
My _God_, that's creepy! The second one looks like a devil woman, though I'm guessing that's only by comparison.
undeadjournal on August 25th, 2003 04:08 pm (UTC)
That's fascinating.

My first thought, as he's so good at his job, why not assume the real subjects look somewhat better than the Before shots, and that he's not only made the After look better, he's made the Before somewhat worse just to emphasise his skills? Better and worse in quotes, if you know what I mean.

This reminds me of a documentary I saw about anorexic and bulemic teenagers.

One aspect of their therapy was a visit to some kind of teen/fashion/cosmo-like magazine, to the graphic arts department. They were shown just this kind of thing, presumably to show them that even the models they idolised didn't really look that way.

Photoshop as therapeutic tool. Would that make it deductable..?