We live in a world of celebrity at the moment. For each like, each new follower, we gain validation for a world in which we’ve created online. We live to impress others it seems, not to live for ourselves. How often do we view a feed that guides us through a seemingly perfect life? Too many times. It feels, in the midst of today’s photography, that everyone is a traveler sitting in exotic, foreign locations day after day. Peace signs, wavy signs, forests, beaches, mountains, sunsets, smile after smile, perfect selfie after selfie, etc. White walls, flowers, abstracted images, floral prints, etc. Are these the true lives that people live, or is this the glossy version that we wish it to be?
For the longest time I’ve held true to my beliefs with photography. Those beliefs were formed on the ideas of the auteur filmmakers - wanting complete control over what I would eventually call art. With that, I also attempt a transparent approach to the medium. I can’t say my life is perfect and I don’t wish to display it in that sense. I really dislike lying. Photography already questions truth and I don’t want to further complicate myself or my beliefs by not holding onto some sense of that truth. Self doubt, loneliness, confusion, failed relationships, etc. This isn’t the glossy version of me, it’s just the way it is good and bad.
Does no one lose lovers, do people not stress, are people not fighting sadness, or is that just me? Somehow I lack the fear to put these feelings out there. But I do so for myself. My online presence, my work, isn’t put forth to impress anyone, never feeling the need for validation. It’s there for me, a testament to who I am as a person, almost acting as a form of self-induced therapy. But that being said, one day I would like to find others online displaying similar ideas of truth as to what I believe. I’d like to see people who aren’t lying to themselves. I’m waiting for the gloss to be removed from the image.