We have constructed our documentary with the purpose of reclaiming the negative potency of photoshop. Our personal interviews examine, breach, and speak to the effects of editing our bodies.
During the interview with the photographer, we intentionally include brief clips of bodies self-identifying as “un-edited.” The friction that these images create against the narrative of photoshop sets the tone for our project.
We have purposefully chosen not to include any photoshopped bodies in our documentary. We already know what these bodies look like. You already know what these bodies look like. By choosing not to include edited bodies, we are deflating their visual violence; we are taking back our power. After sharing our personal stories, our encounters with editing, we reclaim ourselves, vocally and visually.
We asked each other to comment upon what made us feel most vulnerable about the documentary. For me, it was speaking about my body, my breasts. It is a vulnerable, exposed feeling to speak of something that is hidden beneath cloth. My narrative is about reclamation, of protest. It is a difficult thing to speak about, but, I feel it is necessary. There are ways in which we can take back our bodies from power structures that have influence on us. For me, that influence was the artifice of bodily perfection, it’s what photoshop tries to perpetuate. That’s what we ask our viewers to challenge.