Ageing and the cultural norm: Photoshop and eternal youth

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Ageing and the cultural norm: Photoshop and eternal youth

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1284144/Unretouched-photos-Madonna-Louis-Vuitton-campaign-released.html

http://www.bryanboy.com/bryanboy_le_superstar_fab/2010/05/madonna-for-louis-vuitton-photos-raw-and-unretouched.html#more

http://wendyista.blogspot.com/2010/05/madonnas-age-defying-secret-has-been.html

What do YOU see when you look in the mirror?  If you had multi-million dollar lifestyle income that depended on a youthful appearance, what would you be willing to do to keep the money rolling in?  If your identity was based on physical appearance, what would you be willing to do to maintain that appearance? Would you be willing to abandon money and fame to simply .... grow old?

 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR4GoLk0o50&NR

 

How do you think photoshop and YouTube have changed people's expectations of their own bodies and other people's bodies?

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Here are 2 things coming together - ageing and 'girls can never be too thin' concept. Which both are forcing and manipulating with cultural norm. I have seen several Photoshoping-clips on Youtube, but this one was new to me. And one of the hardcorest I've seen.

Sometimes it seems that the greatest sin in our society is to be old. But greatest of that is to be old woman who has lost everlasting battle with gravity. Or who accepts gravity as a part of life.

We have a saying in Estonian - Backside like gymnasium but frontpiece is a museum. And it seems to be quite true about those who try to be 'young forever'. Sooner or later it starts to look ridiculous. Or this famous saying that 'In certain age woman has to choose - face or bottom. It is not possible to look good from both.'

Sometimes I wonder how and/or does it ever end or is this 'cut me young and beautiful' just a modern and technologically acheived spring of youth?

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I think its really sad. I, too, have been trapped into the "forever beautiful" lure, too. It's actually a relief to me to grow older and accept a few more lines, some gravity tugs, etc.., than to work so hard, so ridiculously crazy to continue to look "forever beautiful". I am at the point, now, where I just want to be healthy. I think that if we worked on our insides- our hearts and attitudes- as much as we did our appearance, we would be much happier, fullfilled, and not be so financially poor- ha ha. Its too bad that the media, magazines, and billboards are so artificial, materialistic, and demeaning.

 

Hugs, Liza

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I really like this serie of photos:
http://10steps.sg/inspirations/artworks/40-cool-before-and-after-photo-retouching-photos/

What made me think - culturally constructed norms and definition of beauty is often presented and represented on pictures - painting, photo. And then it is taken as ideal to reach to... How it came natural that we do compare ourselves with combination of manga-photo-realistic painting? Actually that is not even a painted protrait in old fashion way but just a piece of pure imagination and fantasy... Even if you know it, it takes either a good fantasy or knowledge about PS of 'before-picture' to realize it.

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