PERFECT ME (POEM)
You’ve probably noticed how most every lady looks like a beauty queen in their pix online, thanks to over-the-top makeup and photo edit tricks. Guys are also giving them a run for their money in this regard these days. We even see this offline at some events. You can hardly recognise some people due to how dolled up they are. It’s nice to put some effort into personal grooming and look good but I feel we shouldn’t overdo it, except we are taking those pix as glamour shots for a modelling portfolio.
One lady once criticised my pix online because they are not studio shots. I laughed. Not that I have anything against studio or professional photography but why would I spend time, effort and money to take such pix when I’m not trying to build a pin-up image? Everyone takes good and awful pix. I don’t share the awful ones, so I think I’m trying in this putting your best foot forward business. But the pix I share are selfies or amateur shots taken as occasion demands.
This reminds me of a conversation I had with one of my students in 2010. There was this picture editing software photographers were using that made our people look like they were moulded from chocolate, smooth but wax-like. Not wax-like like Madame Tussaud’s but the kind where it was obvious something was artificial. I asked him why he would allow anyone to do that to his pix. And I told him that in future when he will reminisce about that time of his life, he will have no true reminder of how he looked. He was unconvinced and said he liked the outcome he held in his hands (the pix in which he looked like a mannequin).
So, what’s your view? Do you prefer retouched pix or the plain stuff?
(Remember we are not judging, just sharing our points of view. After all, in this as in many things in life, it’s different strokes for different folks.) But first, enjoy the poem.
PERFECT ME (POEM)
Dim the light in the background
Shed on me a flattering glow
Hide my warts and blackheads
Make my skin lustrous and silky
Add some dazzle to my eyes
Paint my lips in scarlet
Frame my face with stylish tresses
Fit me up with designer wear
Help me to strike the perfect pose
We are in cyberspace
Everyone here is flawless
And I will not be less
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2018
Photo of model: Pixabay
PS. Note that the use of a white model is not a commentary on my view of beauty. It’s the closest free picture I could get to the words in the poem.
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