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Distortion - Self Portrait
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This SP represents my distorted body image and how highly critical i am of my physicality and flaws.
My childhood was filled with my mother’s cruel, cutting and critical remarks, regarding my appearance, she has never liked the way i look, which is ironic, because i bare such a strong resemblance to her.
My father was equally critical and has always prized physical beauty (along with intelligence). He used to rate men and women, everywhere we would go on a scale of one to ten and sometimes he’d even break the score down by body parts, like, “Her legs are a ten, her face is a seven” type thing.
I think my parents did have a huge impact on my body image and self-esteem. I’ve come a long way with both issues but realize i still have a long way to go. It's an ever-evolving journey. Photographing these self portraits continues to be a strangely healing experience for me. That is the beauty of being an adult, i can fashion myself and my life into what i want, need and desire them to be. It wouldn't be wise for me to continue hanging my self-esteem on the opinion of my parents or anyone else, for that matter.
HOW THIS IMAGE WAS CREATED:
I photographed myself against a black background using a digital camera and self-timer shutter release. I then distorted the image by hand in Adobe Photoshop.
February 26th, 2012
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