Last week, I wrote about my love/hate relationship with fashion photography and how my reservations about retouching have made me question how employable I would be in an industry were it is the norm. I really don’t want to do it; Adding to a problem, which has dramatically affected my body image for years, really doesn’t float my boat. So no, it’s not for me, thanks. Still, I can’t help worry about my future. Oh-er!
Thankfully, and to my utter delight, UK retailers, Debenhams, have decided to stand up against what I see as an unhealthy practice, opting to go without airbrushing for their new lingerie campaign. What can I say other than I’m delighted. There will be people who see this as a marketing ploy, and they’d be right; this will warrant Debenhams a lot of press attention, I have no doubt about it. But, behind all the press and scheming, it is a much needed, positive step in the right direction for commercial fashion photography. One that makes me feel like there is some light at the end of the tunnel.
Left: Original image. Right: Retouched image.
(Sorry about the two photos! I had to screen shot them. Click to see original post @ Daily Mail online.)