Are we hiding behind filters and photoshop? It seems that everywhere we turn, we see images that appear perfect and lend themselves to comparison. Have we become obsessed with the notion that a photograph should tell a story of perfection rather than capture moments of reality and truth?
Terry Richardson shot Mariah Carey for Wonderland magazine’s summer issue and, according to the unretouched images obtained exclusively by Jezebel, it would seem that Uncle Terry’s point-and-shoot-built-in-flash style isn’t flattering enough for publication.
The greater question is: “Who decided that the unretouched images were not flattering enough for publication?” We all know that Mariah Carey is a beautiful woman. Did she need the retouching? Have we become obsessed with perfection? How can we teach women and girls to love who they really are and accept their flaws if we constantly provide images that aren’t who they really are?
It is estimated that nearly 97% of images that we see are retouched. Have we become out of touch?