I took some nudes during a recent hotel stay and have been messing about with editing and filters since then, trying out different looks and settings.
The original edit was black and white but I felt the contrast between the whiteness of the sheets and my skin was a good effect – maybe even a better one.
Editing these, I had a nagging question at the back of my mind. Do I use photo filters to make the picture more dramatic, or to make myself look ‘better’?
And another; why does it make me feel guilty to know there is a lot of the latter motivation involved? Is my increasing body confidence a sham if I’m still ‘cheating’ by softening edges, increasing shadows? This time two years ago I’d never have contemplated posting nudes online, but now I find it loads of fun. Is that vanity?
And is that such a terrible thing?
The first edit