By TARYN BRUMFITT
It’s official… we are starting to lose our grip on reality.
Corporations have railroaded women into physical alterations to meet the digital world’s unreal standards of how their bodies should look.
And now it’s time for our kids to be pawns in the game of who can earn the most money out of making someone feel like sh*t.
Photo-shopping school photos.
You’ve got to be kidding me right? But sadly, this isn’t a joke.
The superficial digital-editing world has infiltrated our schools. Pimples, blemishes, moles, freckles – no worries, they can all be removed and your photos will be a “perfect” representation of your child.
Or will they?
Last week I came across a photography order form from a school in Arizona, United States.
For $3 students can have their photo enhanced with a “soft touch”, giving a more sophisticated look (because sophisticated is something that our teens should be striving for… pftt).
Or the Re-Touch option for only $5 will remove facial blemishes and brighten teeth. I call this photo-shopping on crack.
But surely I thought – this couldn’t happen in Australia – could it? This is some whacky American fad…
But sure enough, it could happen here and it does.
I made a few phone calls to some of Australia’s largest school photography businesses and when asked about whether or not they would “touch up” the photos, I received a unanimously positive response:
“Sure we can. If the child has freckles or a mole you would like removed, we can do that, no problems.”
“Yes, we can and do remove pimples and blemishes.”
I quickly responded with, “Okay, thank you; goodbye” and almost had to cover my mouth from blurting out what I wanted to say (which included expletives and words like negligent BEEP irresponsible BEEP, BEEP, BEEP.).
Photos of my children are incredibly precious to me; as they would be to any parent.
One of the most exciting days of the school year – along with class assemblies and music performances – is the day when the school photos come home. My heart skips a beat when I see my little treasures’ faces captured in that moment, at that age, at that stage. The photos help me to remember those days as my children grow up and start to look different.