mona gene

Fake Photographs

I normally retouch the skin of the people I shoot. I either smooth out or erase wrinkles, bumps, pimples, cellulite and skin texture. I think it’s important you the viewer of my images know that. You’re not seeing the human subject as they are in real life. .

Sometimes I also use the warp tool in photoshop to push areas in on the figure that are not socially acceptable - like areas of fat - I also flatten stomachs, thin out thighs and calves, change facial bone structure and push in the area above the hip to create a more socially acceptable S shape.

Why do I do it then? Because I photograph models and the images I make go into their portfolios which other photographers see. Most photographers want to shoot women who have flawless skin and the socially acceptable body shape. Agencies and companies who may hire the models for advertising also want the socially acceptable body shape, facial shape and smooth skin.

So in effect what I’m saying is that I’m sucked in to this ideal of the socially acceptable facial and body type for women. And this work I do with models is not me. Not only do I comply with it, I reinforce it by presenting my ‘adjustments’ for public view on an International scale. .

These images of Mona Gene had no skin retouching done by the way. I started to do it, to smooth some wrinkles etc and as I worked, I saw the beautiful emotion and expression Mona exhibited, slowly disappear before my eyes.

I’m losing respect for myself by doing this and certainly loosing respect for other photographers who do the same; which is virtually of them in the model photography game.

What do you think?

Model: @mona_gene_ . These were shot with no direction from me at all.

#itsfake #imafake #towardsthetruth#nonudity #nosexualinnuendo #artofportrait

Observations From Behind the Wall

More observations from behind the wall:

Many people in this ‘industry’ turn their noses down at the concept of ‘art’. Comments like ‘how can a blurred image of an unrecognisable subject, or a photograph of a telegraph pole etc. , be called art? Or there’s also the feeling that people who call themselves artists are up their own arses.

Art is nothing more than having something to say and having the guts to say it. So whatever visual form that expression takes, doesn’t matter. If you’re only looking at the visual, you’re missing the point. Look at the idea, the concept, think about what it means to you, inside and with an open untethered mind.

One of the great benefits, in a social sense, of art is that it has the power to potentially change the way some people will think about a certain subject because the subject matter has been presented in a new way, a way that hasn’t been seen before. The viewer can then see that thing in a new way - and maybe, their opinion of the concept will change slightly. So if you feel strongly about something, anything, then say it, and say it loud.

In regards to the model photography network, there are very few people who seem to be challenging the beliefs and motives of, well, anything. If you’re happy doing that, then all power to you, but please don’t exhibit reverse snobbery against those who feel the need to challenge, and to express.
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Model: @mona_gene_
Amsterdam, 2018