Saturday, July 20, 2013
I often curse the new ads that have started plaguing the beginning of YouTube videos recently. However, while waiting for a trailer to begin, I took notice of the ad running before it. Check it out below:
This particular ad is actually a Dove commercial entitled "Dove Camera Shy". If you took a peek at the video I am sure many of you can relate. How is it that something so innocent, and innovative really, as a camera can cause such a strong reaction in people, particularly women?
Native Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century believed that having your picture taken could steal your soul and often refused on spiritual grounds. While I'm fairly sure most of us who run from the camera aren't necessarily concerned about it taking off with our souls, I do believe there is something inherently personal about being photographed.
I am passionate about photographs. The preservation of a memory that can take place in just an instant and be passed down through generations (technology is amazing but I believe in still printing out the special ones) astounds me. I cannot count the times I have looked back on old photographs and felt as if I have just relived a moment in time. But when you are overweight and/or otherwise unhappy with your appearance, running from the camera becomes second nature. And who can blame you--I don't want to be forever immortalized in my current state and sometimes I feel like my weight intrudes on a perfectly good memory in picture form. Not necessarily something I want to look back on.
But don't let the picture steal your soul. When you're photographed, smile. You're on a journey, someday you may (or should, really) look back on those photos and remember how hard you worked, how much you cared about your life to change it for the better. Don't be camera shy, smile, fake it 'til you make it, don't let the memories of your struggles be overshadowed by your successes. The struggle builds you, you are allowed to smile about it.