There is a great difference between perception and reality. Our daily thoughts and critiques become ingrained in us. We don’t stop to examine if we’re changing our thoughts for the better rather than running on auto pilot. We’re especially good at holding on to the critical thoughts we have about ourselves.
With my dream to heal through photography, I often work to undo the negative things a person believes about themselves. To do so, I employ posing and lighting to minimize what they’re worrying about.
I’ve tried to explain how lighting can completely change what a person looks like. Alfred Hitchcock employed horror lighting to create erie threatening faces. Teenagers employ the same method when they hold a flashlight below their face to tell a ghost story over a campfire. The eye sockets get deep shadows looking almost corpse like.
But this video blows all my attempts to explain this subject away. This is one woman. They’re just moving the light around her. Throughout the revolutions you’ll see butterfly lighting (where the light comes from above and makes a lovely butterfly shadow below her nose) to horror lighting (where the light comes from below and makes her eye sockets look deep.)
So the next time you pull your phone out for a selfie or a group shot, don’t disparage yourself if the light isn’t good. Find better light. :) Are the negative thoughts reality or perception?
Iman Woods is an American artist who specializes in pin-up photography. Through a unique and therapeutic process, she’s spent over a decade in perfecting, Iman helps women undo the damage from a negative self-image and unrealistic beauty industry expectations. She helps women embrace their own style of beauty and see themselves in a new light. You can find her on her website, ImanWoods[dot]com.
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