Have you ever looked at a picture of yourself and said, “that can’t be me.”
I do it all the time. I rarely let people take pictures of me, because when they do I cannot see me in the pictures. It’s more than just the “fact” that the camera adds 10 lbs (if that’s even true), but that my image of myself is completely different from the images that come out in pictures. I do not see myself as others see me, or at least as the camera shows me.
Allow me give you some examples:
Now, before you say this is just me being overly critical of myself or hating myself, it’s not that. Pictures of me RARELY seem like they are pictures of me. I see myself completely differently than the world sees me. Not in a positive or a negative way, just in a different way.
Of all the shots taken of me recently, there are only a few where I say, “Oh yeah, that’s how I see myself.”
What’s different about these ones? It’s not that they are more candid. I think what I see is my concentration and focus–that is how I see myself.
To me the most unusual angle is the one where I see what other people see, and cannot reconcile it with what I see looking from the inside out.
One more series of photos, as Sarah decided to give me a makeover after I made this post. Enjoy the results, and interpret as you will: