The Photo Flaw-some Perfection

A guest post by Keli Lenfield

Adobe most recently gave a new definition to the word flaw-some (your flaws make you awesome). By creating the world’s renowned software Photoshop, which is the defacto standard in editing images because of its large variety of editing capabilities.

It is a graphic design tool that is used to edit and create various types of desired media, therefore photo shopping is digitally altering or manipulating an image, needless to say photo shop helps create “perfection”. With the standards of acceptance being high in today’s narcissistic world, Photo shop has gone above and beyond enabling us to create a virtual world we are most comfortable in. If we cannot live it, at least we can paint it but what is perfection in actual sense?
Is it a broad state of completeness and flawlessness? It can be, because it describes a range of diverse, kindred concepts, perhaps even the same concept as saying, ”beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” that applies to perfection. Different things are considered different to every individual. So you are the only one who can decide what is perfect or not.

Be aware of those who try to manipulate that idea to suit their own needs…. should we say photo shop it?

Photoshop is amazing at altering “imperfections”. Retouching images is so common that nowadays, every magazine cover appears glossy and it also seems that most people also want themselves and their lives to appear in that way, shape or form.

Life is not a photographic shoot as photo shop perfection has led us to believe. Apart from the glitz and glam of the concealer and mascara, good lighting, good products and good brushes need to be in play. Even Napoleon Perdis, the Greek Australian artist conquers. He is one of the Royal societies for the prevention of cruelty of animals (RSPCA) sponsors and donates proceeds through his makeup Academy that hosts a viable number of students. His take of photo shop has been interesting as far as creating perfect looks is concerned. He calls it ‘retouching’.
Sometimes we really cannot see the truth staring us right in the face, like that model on the cover of a magazine with flawless skin that every girl wants to be and every boy wants to be with. We do not even for a second think that it was the work of photo shopping perfection. Is truth the absolute truth? While truth seems natural and acceptable in the material world some people have a harder time of accepting the possibility of objective and exclusive truth, which begs the question is truth subjective or objective? Photo shop teaches us that it is objective but we all know what it is. Unlike photo shopping perfection which is filled with color and the right places to edit, maybe if we can learn to show our true self honestly, a more honest acceptance of our flaw-some self can grow.

So starting today, no retouching allowed.

Keli Lenfield is a single mother, author, course developer, social entrepreneur and animal ambassador. She delivers courses to disadvantaged youth and writes for a number of magazines including The CEO Magazine and Haute Living. Her book has gained worldwide reviews and she is the founder of Keli and Model Alliance.Global. Her tagline “Be the Difference to make a Difference” motivates her to be the walking and talking example for all who admire and inspire her.


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