The Discomforting Perceptions of Airbrushed Photographs.

On every magazine cover or newspaper you’ve read, you may notice there’s been the odd airbrushing or two on all of the magazine and newspaper covers of someone famous you know.

Every photograph I’ve produced that features any friends of mine have never been airbrushed and have never been photoshopped. Of course, I’ve edited some of my photographs by changing some of them to black and white to bring out the facial features of the subjects I photograph so that you still see an all-natural look, but I would never even dream of airbrushing any photographs I produce as I would rather you all see the subjects I photograph for what they actually look like naturally, not what society wants them to look like when airbrushed as airbrushing is not normal.

Airbrushing was the topic of conversation on today’s edition of Loose Women, as body dysmorphia is becoming worryingly common, as a vast majority of some people feel insecure about how their bodies look and they feel they should fix what makes them insecure when they shouldn’t.

Personally, I find airbrushing to be completely uncomfortable, as I would rather look at a photograph of someone famous, especially if it’s a close friend of mine that shows them completely natural with no airbrushing applied rather than look at a photograph of someone famous, especially if it’s a close friend of mine that shows noticeable airbrushing because airbrushing is a complete turn-off. It also promotes negativity for mental health, as airbrushing is another leading example of the stigma that surrounds mental health, considering mental health is only just being taken notice of after so many years of being ignored.

Airbrushing is the vanity card of the future that will alter anyone’s appearance and personally and honestly, I would rather be realistic by saying I would rather see a famous celebrity or close friend of mine all-natural rather than see constant airbrushing in photographs.

I know I’ve probably repeated myself over and over again but I will say this. Don’t ever expect to see any airbrushed photos on here as I am going all natural with my photographs so you actually see what any of my subjects actually look like rather than see any photos that are unnatural.

Mother Nature intends to stick to the all-natural realism of photography, and as for airbrushing, airbrushing is banned!

Do you find airbrushed photographs to be discomforting?

Does it make you uncomfortable knowing you’re looking at the discomforting perceptions of an airbrushed photograph as opposed to an unedited, all-natural photograph?

Do you believe airbrushing promotes negativity for Mental Health in the sense people should be made to look at a photograph that isn’t natural, but is airbrushed?

Please tell me in the comments. I would love to hear what you’ve got to say about the whole unrealistic world of airbrushing.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to January!

Welcome to 2018! Happy New Year Everyone!

Now that 2017 has finally closed its doors, 2018 opens with a bright, busy and fresh year ahead.

Things will be changing now. As I will be working a lot more, please expect to notice I will be publishing now and then over the course of this year, as I will be focusing a lot more now on my full-time job instead of publishing articles as often as I used to. I’ll still be publishing articles now and then and I will be making sure to produce more photography work this year whilst I work in my job, but I shall be prioritising my job a lot more over writing and publishing articles.

Mother Nature continues to be equal and diverse, and to make a change, Mother Nature goes green as of today as this website is going to be more about photography, as photography, to me, is an initiative of creativity, not just naturistic, but is about being able to explore the core aspects of what photography is all about, as well as the beauty of photographs and how each photograph doesn’t just tell a story, but explores the story of that photograph a lot more in-depth, whether it’s about nature, or whether it’s about close-up photography or anything else that involves landscape and portrait photography. To put it quite simply, in other words, photography isn’t just an initiative of creativity, but is about a freedom of expression in what you can see in a photograph that no-one else may be able to see the first time.

2018 sure is going to be an exciting year full of new challenges and projects but I will be making sure to continue working on my photography series, The Concept of Expression, over the course of this year, so today is where the hard work will now really begin!

Happy New Year Everyone and Welcome to 2018!

Alex Smithson

The Titanic 2: Would You Get On It? (Debate)

As this debate suggests, would you get on the Titanic 2?

As it has been 104 years since the original Titanic ship sank after hitting an iceberg, the Titanic 2 has most certainly been doing the rounds on the internet, after it was revealed that the Titanic 2 would set sail in 2018.

However a good idea it may be for the ship to set sail, I personally believe it is just another accident waiting to happen, because after it sunk on the 15th April 1912, I personally believe it is a dangerous risk to take, because who knows? It could happen again, and we might not know it.

The Titanic 2 is a force to be reckoned with and I personally think it’s a bad move to make, in the event that history repeats itself.

There has even been talk of the Titanic 2 looking exactly like the original, especially with the same appearance of the inside of the ship being made to look exactly as the original.

With the original Titanic being the centre-stage for the iconic 1997 film of the same name, which featured the actor and actress at the forefront of it all, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, this was the film that would be remembered, also because of the fact Celine Dion did the iconic song: “My Heart Will Go On“. Before the iconic 1997 version of the Titanic film, came the 1958 version of Titanic, titled: “A Night to Remember“, which featured the likes of Kenneth More, Ronald Allen and Robert Ayres.

If you want me to be honest, I wouldn’t even dream of going on the Titanic 2, not after the devastating events that occurred for those on board the original Titanic on that fateful night, because it’s a risk I’m not willing to take anytime soon, let alone in my lifetime.

The Titanic 2 juxtaposes and compromises the RMS Titanic altogether, because having another ship being made to look exactly like the original is pointless, and if you ask me, a distasteful and disrespectful idea that shouldn’t have even been thought of in the first place.

The original creator of RMS Titanic was Thomas Andrews, who was also behind the creation of the two other sister ships, RMS Britannica and RMS Olympic.

Another main reason why the Titanic will also be remembered is purely because of what Joseph Bruce Ismay did. He decided to take the last spot on one of the lifeboats, which was meant for a mother and child, though he decided to deny them their chances of survival by taking their place on the lifeboat himself. After the Titanic had sunk, Joseph Bruce Ismay kept a low profile after what he did, and 25 years after the sinking of RMS Titanic, Joseph Bruce Ismay died at the age of 74 on the 17th October 1937 due to a stroke. He had also been among the 705 survivors, out of the 2,208 passengers that were on board the Titanic.

The two main icons of the Titanic that are remembered even to this day are the Captain, who was Captain Edward John Smith and The Titanic Orchestra, who were also known as “The Heroic Musicians of Titanic”.

I went to the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition 5 years ago, and I was shocked by the huge amount of information they had on display, and they gave me a boarding pass, considering this exhibition was held at the O2 in Greenwich, London. Below is the boarding pass’ front and back, which focuses on one of the survivors of RMS Titanic, who is named Boulton Earnshaw (a.k.a. Olive Potter), who survived the Titanic, but sadly died 46 years later on the 21st April 1958 at the age of 69 from cancer. She was later buried in the same grave as her mother at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.

I was shocked by the huge amount of history that the RMS Titanic ship held, as I didn’t realise that there was a lot of extensive information available at hand, which surprised me in many ways, but after doing some further research about Boulton Earnshaw (a.k.a. Olive Potter), I was surprised to hear that she survived the Titanic after it went down, as well as the fact that this boarding pass carried some vital information about her boarding the ship.

She was a part of the 1st Class, and was also accompanied by her mother, who was Mrs. Thomas Potter, Miss Margaret B. Hays, who was her school friend, and also her dog.

To conclude, I want to ask you one question. Would you get on the Titanic 2?

Please feel free to feedback your thoughts below in the comments. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Note: A lot of research was done before this article was published.