I don't imagine for a minute that I'm alone in hating getting my picture taken.
I feel akward and uncomfortable and that's before I even see the finished shot!
We are so used to seeing the mirror image of ourselves, that we come to regard that as the 'real us'. We also have a tendancy to focus just on the elements of ourselves that we are happier with. It could be our legs, our hair, even our noses.With me, I tend to just focus on my fringe and red lips.
Oddly over the years I have increasingly realised that if I was to reduce any image of myself just to a few pixels, I would still be able to recognize it as me...
Although credit for that realisation is due in no small part to this drawing that ACGD did a few years ago. By reducing me to just a few elements, he managed to create an image that I find much easier to deal with than a warts and all photograph.
But that reductionism comes at a cost too!
Instead of manning up and just accepting the results, no matter how unapplealing I find them, I realise that I have created a caricature cartoon version of myself in my head.
That's why I laughed so hard when I came across these wonderful retro rag dolls by the very talented Jane Foster's in her etsy shop. It struck me that if I was a dolly, I would look just like this!!!!
Handmade retro Tilda rag doll £42.39
She also comes a wonderful rag doll kit.
Scandi style screen printed retro 'Tilda' rag doll kit £21.53
Give's a whole new meaning to the expression dollface...