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

Wimbledon from Both Sides + A Silhouette of my friend in Turkey

On Wednesday, I took a trip up to Wimbledon for the day, and the best part of the trip was being able to capture photos on the move, as I could see some of the restaurants around Wimbledon.

The CentreCourt shopping centre is massive inside, but when I went in there, it felt like I was going up to Sutton High Street, as the shopping centre had the feel of Sutton.

The nerve-racking point of the trip was that me and everyone else who went to the trip were asked to ask members of the public questions of an Environmental Quality Survey, but as I was nervous, I had the option to bottle it and not ask anyone, but I was determined and gave speaking to a member of the public a try.

I never gave up and just went for it, I asked a man who was on his break luckily at the Coal – Grill & Bar a few questions regarding Wimbledon as a whole, the guy said that the area was a good place to live despite the fact he doesn’t live in Wimbledon, but the best thing was being able to overcome my nerves, I set myself a goal to speak to a member of the public without my nerves getting to me, and I eventually got there.

The man was a nice chap considering the calm level he spoke at and I was really pleased to have overcome my nerves of talking in public.

The worst part of the trip was Cricket Green, because there was nothing but trash, mess everywhere, badly painted buildings, broken gutters and parts peeling off buildings as I walked past. Cricket Green on a whole was one of the places to ever walk around, because it gave me the uncomfortable urge that I wouldn’t want to live there when I’m older, and all that happened whilst I was with everyone else doing a field study of it, there were nothing but teenagers/adults with hoodies on, riding around on their bikes. Two guys who me and some others spoke to in Cricket Green said the place was uncomfortable.

I agreed with the guy because Cricket Green is like a doss-hole, Wimbledon has loads of shops and restaurants etc, but in Cricket Green, hardly any shops. There was only one corner shop in Cricket Green and the smell of the air in Cricket Green was unbearable.

But overall, the trip to Wimbledon, Wimbledon Village & Cricket Green were really good, I want to go to Wimbledon again when I’m older.

To end the month on a high, this post features 2 in 1, which is another morsel for you to digest.

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My friend Taha went to Turkey during the 6 week holiday all of us had off earlier this year, his auntie took a photo of him carrying the sun in the palm of his hands, and by taking the photo, the end result was perfect. Every detail was captured, and the beautiful sunny weather shone down on the sea behind him.

I drew this for my friend Taha as I wanted to express my creative side to art and drawing in general :-).

I’ve just uploaded the video for these photos as a bonus to get all of you in the swing of things. It’s available now and here it is:

Thank you for reading this article.

– Alex Smithson