As an avid photographer, I constantly see people go through pictures of themselves and say how they don’t like one thing or another. Recently on Facebook, I posted a photo shoot of two of my friends. As the notifications flooded in, most of the comments were “please delete” from the two girls. I wondered, Why are they asking that? and then I realized that most people overanalyze and critique photos of themselves, especially on the internet.
Then I realized that I did that to photos of myself- how each of my profile pictures are “perfect” images I created of who I am. When my friends take photos of me, I am afraid of how people will comment or what others will say. As someone who has grown up in the 21st century, I have been surrounded by the pressure to look a certain way. I hated when someone was taking a photo of me and I was not “glamour” ready or looking what I considered “decent”. Most of the time I hid from the camera and became the person who took photos of others.
Recently the “Selfie Revolution” has sparked an interest across Facebook and YouTube. I recently watched Laci Green’s YouTube video, The Selfie Revolution. Laci explores the impact of selfies. That got me thinking about how I can change my perception of how I look in a selfie- that if there is a weird photo of me on Facebook, it’s fine for me to be tagged in it, or that the photo of me with a towel on my head in my church’s youth group slideshow won’t ruin my reputation.
Over the next year, I will try to let myself have “bad” pictures of me on Facebook and not care about them. I hope that over this coming year I can allow people to take photos of me even if I look “sloppy”. I will try to change my mind set about how I look in photos and be a positive influence for my friends and how they see themselves in their photos too. Most people want “perfect” photos on the internet, but capturing the little, true moments in life is important too. That might mean embracing the childhood memory of you with pizza sauce on your face and deciding not to care about who might comment on the photo. Life will go for me, bad pictures on the internet or not, but accepting the “real” me is a gift that no one can take away.
Editor’s Note: We HIGHLY recommend you watch Laci Green’s video, because the whole thing is loaded with awesomeness and better context for the below quote, but if you don’t, here are the steps she lays out for a Selfie Revolution:
- Take photos of yourself doing things you love and share that part of yourself with others through those images.
- Take unflattering photos!
- Take photos of yourself when you’re looking good and be like, “Hey, world! I’m lookin’ good.”
- Look for things that you like about your body and then capture them in an artistic, or in a very non-artistic, way.
- Take pictures of yourself doing more than looking good and smiling.
- Post a selfie of yourself when you’re not feeling sexy.
- Your physical body does not define your worth as a person!