A Documentary, and an Explanation

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.

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4 Responses to A Documentary, and an Explanation

  1. Shayda
    This piece speaks to me on so many levels. It was not only a pleasure working on this with you and Sara but I believe we accomplished what we set out to do 🙂

  2. MP:me says:

    There is a difference between claiming one’s own body in the daily living of it, and represesnting that publicly (even if the daily living of the body is also often public). This is the change of signification and a real power and oppression enters here: the focus of your piece, I think.

  3. sara says:

    Shadya,
    It was so great to work with you and John on this project! Like you said, being that exposed was really vulnerable though necessary to make our points stronger.

    Also, you always brought a really insightful perspective to our discussion when making the video–I really appreciate that!

  4. John Erickson says:

    All these years later and still relevant; look what this filmmaker is exploring; perhaps I should direct him to our documentary? http://www.npr.org/2015/07/07/420627143/filmmaker-and-speech-pathologist-weigh-in-on-what-it-means-to-sound-gay

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