When you think of photographs, particularly those which are staged for magazines and weddings, you probably envision an entire team working to make a model look a certain way, to make them appealing. After hours and hours of planning, picking the right outfit, and making sure their face is “picture perfect” with makeup, it doesn’t really matter what life that person leads, good or bad, as long as they are ready to pose for the camera. Yet to everyone else, the person in the picture is simply an advertisement, a facade. 

On social media, we show our best smiles, our happiest moments, and our funniest memories; in the process, we sometimes become so absorbed in this idea of “perfection” that we forget that this isn’t our true self. The self who sits behind a desk, staring at a phone screen. That is exactly what I wanted to capture in these photographs: the true essence of posing for the camera. I never really experiment with flash photography, as I personally hate it when people take pictures of me with the flash on. I know that with flash, you are able to see every small detail of a person, every flaw of yours which you so desperately want to cover. Flash photography is almost like a temporary spotlight, and all eyes are on you. There’s a pressure to look perfect, to pose perfectly, to get it right the first time just to avoid the second round of flashes. I wanted to show the difference between a very obviously forced pose and the momentary pause when a person needs a break to think of another pose. The truth is, posing for a picture quickly grows exhausting and repetitive.

By Syahirah Harun

1 comment