We live in a world where beauty seems to be an illusion and is entirely subjective. We are not all attracted to everyone we see, are we? We are not all fond of the same things such as beautiful cars, houses, art or any other objects existing around us. Objects themselves are not entirely beautiful. They simply remind us of the beauty within us. The lie is that the beauty is intrinsic to the object, but really that beauty is intrinsic to you. This truth brings more meaning to the saying: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” and while a part of me agrees with that notion, another part of me feels down about how the media envisages what everyone should find beauty in.
It’s nothing more than just an illusion that we set ourselves up on. In the Photoshop – post processing era on every cover and photo in 90% of magazines we read, there is this characteristic of the ‘ no feature face’. We have lost the perspective of uniqueness. The industry has managed to make every face look the same. People have also seen it all and to find something different and special is very difficult.
I have been into photography myself for about 8 years now. I have always had this thing for painting and have always been told I am gifted artistically. So one day I thought photography must be like painting and I bought my first DSLR camera. I have started off with nature photography at first, including macro photography of various creatures in my garden and landscapes to still nature. I have soon developed interest in people. Their emotions, faces, features and different looks. On the other hand I really loved modelling to. I have soon become my husband’s model which is still great fun up until today!
“No, you don’t shoot things. You capture them. Photography means painting with light. And that’s what you do. You paint a picture only by adding light to the things you see.” – Katja Michael
When behind the camera I feel we are able to look at things from a creator perspective. By the use of different light, location and gear but also certain energy, perspective and composition a certain quality is generated and therefore an artistic portryal is captured ( hopefully) 🙂 conveying a certain message, communicating with the audience by showing your take on the world.
I also like the idea that by taking a photo we leave something behind. A some sort of legacy. You can freeze the moment of your life which pass unremarkably. This can be a moment significant to you at the time, or to the viewer. That way photos can be small pieces of a jigsaw that complete the larger picture of our lives.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”— Aaron Siskind
Me and my husband very often like to capture together and each other also not just our lovely clients. We pick a location, take the camera with us having a certain idea of what kind of theme we would like to go and try that day, we pack our bags and go for it! It’s our special time, we love to share these moments and go with the flow of creating emotions which are sometimes heated and full of passion.
Modelling on the other hand means movement, there’s a kind of energy that makes me feel good about myself but also about the work being created in general as being the model means I’m part of somebody’s perception and always open to interpretation. You creating energy that is more static and passive, at the same time you are being the fundament for the ‘painting’, the main theme, the midpoint for the viewer.
“When you’re modelling you’re actually acting for the camera and the photographer. It’s more fun, too because there are no lines to memorize.” Cindy Margolis
Modelling is a profession where your worth is tied up with looks. (Christy Turlington) And that’s very true. You have not got much opportunity to present yourself in any other way. I have had this experience in London last year. I have participated in a fashion photo-shoot that lasted about 5 hours. A couple of different stylists, make-up artists, on location and studio arrangements. It was amazing, however in the end I felt like a product , surprisingly faceless. I got approved and even offered a portfolio etc. Nonetheless I have not committed to this life. Spending hours in train or plane and not being able to open my mouth to have a real conversation felt powerless and empty. I thought maybe if I was 19 I’d try this, deep down though I knew it’s not for me anymore. I did however end up with a great set of photos to remember this adventure by.
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams
Personally I think the connection between photography and modelling is vaste and inevitable. And if you ever have the opportunity to try any one of these it will enable you to get to know yourself better, grow in to a certain role like an actor. You might ask how? Well the answer is simple. Photography will make you see the world and yourself in particular moment and be grateful you got to spot it and live it with your own eyes and make the ‘ painting’ by taking the picture or be the main theme of the picture itself.
Modelling for anyone, no matter if it’s a professional photographer, a friend, husband or for a school project will build your self-esteem, make you appreciate your own looks by seeing yourself in a completely different light and shine. And ultimately it is not about getting validation from others. You need to see it for yourself, something you have never noticed about yourself before. You need to validate and love yourself and realize that your are beautiful and you are enough!!!