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My waistline should be neither inversely proportional nor directly proportional to my worth as a human being.Tutorials and Resources
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Nikon D80 + 50mm F1.8 Nikkor + IR remote. Exp +1.0. ISO 1000 to prevent shutter delay. Low window lighting. Self portrait. Ruler tied to my waist in a bow. Fabric hung in the background for a little more color. GIMP for post editing. Crop. Multiplied yellow layer at 30% opacity. Sharpened to enhance textures. The ruler is printed a bit poorly so it appears blurry. But the photo is focused as seen with my belly button. Additional Comments
Wanted something simple. Learning to use GIMP.
Some personal statements:
I will say first and foremost: I don't think the photo does the quote justice. The quote is inspired by Adriel Luis's Slip of the Tongue: "I wear lipstick, for my lips stick to the ears of men, so they can experience in surround sound my screams of agony with each lash of rulers, measuring tape, and scales, as if my waistline and weight are inversely proportional to my value as a human being." The quote was originally "my waistline should not be inversely proportional to my worth as a human being" but then I altered it after reading some comments. I find it almost ironic that people would jeer at the weight of the model in a piece about judging people without regard to their weight. But it does show that media and society will find an opportunity to criticize every body type. If you're too thin, they will tell you to eat more. If you're too fat, they will tell you to get on a treadmill. In the end it's not about being thinner or fatter; it's just about being healthy both physically and mentally - and a part of being mentally healthy means having a positive body image.
If you extract from this photo a positive message about self-worth and self-image, good for you. If you extract from this photo a message about the impossibility of universal approval in both waist size and the manner of conceptualization, more power to you. If you extract from this photo a negative message about society's lack of progress concerning its portrayal of the human body, well then maybe you can do your part to help change that
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