The seductively lying photo

Photography is one art form that truly baffles the mind in many ways. And for readers who are ardent or more professionally inclined photographers, you would know that photos can be taken in many ways to present a mirage.

So this Daily mail article attempts to explain (here) what many of us already know. That some people do go to great lengths and effort to set up that perfect picture. Why? Because it sends a message. We are sure many go gaga over some of the images shared on instagram. They seem so perfect, so incredible. Wish you had been the one who took that photo huh?

Did you think Mel or Suan took the featured photo? Well no. We passed our underwater camera to a diver who got to a suitable depth to capture that shot in Okinawa (here). Heheh… we are being honest here…

But today our post is not just about how photos are constructed. It is about perception. Because like photography, how we live our lives can sometimes be a construct that we want others to see. Even though it may not in reality be the life we actually live. You know what we mean right? We have actually written about how folks who embark on a life of travel (because YOLO) seem to portray such a rosy situation.

Some call it an illusion. Others maintain that it is but a façade. What do you think? Just like how we portray our traveling lives on social media, showing mostly if not entirely the good parts only. Like what we asked as in do we instagram just to collect followers (here), is there a veneer of higher purpose when we do sharing? What purpose does it serve to share in your view?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

6 thoughts on “The seductively lying photo”

  1. Perhaps the intention is not to “deceive” or show only the beautiful facade but because the positive people choose to focus on the good and might be bad. *wink* Wait, my mobile phone has an emoji for it… 😉 Haha! I do take pics of the unpleasant and bad but only for complaint purposes. 😁

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  2. My purpose is to share something I made – a piece of art. I don’t think of it as a facade, and my intention is not to paint my life to be more rosy than it is. I like to take photos of cool things and then make them look more cool with editing. It’s one way I express my creativity. 🙂

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  3. I share to connect with people, expecting to learn and be enriched from knowing people and their experiences. My posts also serve as a note to myself about my life journey. I think I have tried to make sure that my sharings have a balance of good and bad. Life is messy and has warts! The only thing that limits what I share is if it may impact or hurt someone know.
    How goes the Holy Land trip?

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    1. Belated merry christmas!
      The journey was smooth (except the crossover from Jordan to Israel) and pretty much exceeded our expectations. We had intentionally not done too much research into the sites though we know quite a little about them (hence selecting this journey). In a way, it was traveling as an open book to be filled with experiences of seeing and hearing what the locals have to say about their countries.

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