Having a quick flick through The Times whilst enjoying a cup of coffee in the local coffee shop, I could not help but notice an article about school photographers airbrushing images of children!
It read, “Photography firms, including Cardwell & Simons which works with more than 700 British schools, use tools such as Photoshop to change the pictures, airbrushing blemishes and untidy hair. They give parents the option to put circles on proof images to show how they would like them altered.”
Don’t we have enough pressure on having the “ideal” appearance from social media and magazines already?
How much is too much?
Even though Cardwell & Simons defend themselves by explaining that this is aimed at airbrushing temporary marks, such as a stain on the clothing or hair being untidy, but even so it opens up a chest with far too many risks and possibilities.
Once you start removing small blemishes on a child’s face, you might end up finding yourself in a situation where you’ve got rid of something that’s part of a child’s identity. Whether it is a small mole or any other imperfection, it’s still who they are.
School photography is not an extensive photography session, it’s merely a moment frozen in time in this particular child’s life. If one wishes a fashion or lifestyle session, there’s plenty of photographers who offer it and even then photographers should be wary of young people requesting drastic changes in their appearance in the imagery. \
Can’t they just let us be who we are without constantly reminding that there’s something “wrong” with us?