I found this really interesting to read- I’ve often considered starting a personal blog but struggle with having a set identity and the idea of projecting a reality that isn’t a true reality. In ‘real life’ I feel like I can have many different characters depending on who i’m with/talking to, and my wildly swinging tastes reflect my ranging persona. I do tend to follow quite a few blogs that are very stylised and which have very considered text next to the images- and that does seem far from reality but then, like you said, it might be that persons idea of reality as we all see things differently. And having a space on the internet where you can project your version of life and make it neat, and pretty and almost perfect must be nourishing and satisfying. Like we all try and project our best self to people (mostly?) and to have it in pictures and writing, where you have full creative control, seems like the best way to project a certain ‘self’. Not sure if this is making sense! The only thing that I sometimes question about the whole blogging world is that sometimes it can seem quite self indulgent. But then, isn’t everything? By the way your blog is beautiful and I very much enjoy reading your blog posts
I completely identify. I think there are so many different versions of me – so many different ways I could frame myself and my life – so many different truths I could tell. It makes the question “am I being authentic?” so much more weird and almost unanswerable. And yes! I question all the time if sharing my life online makes me self-indulgent and something of a narcissist. Truth be told, on some level it probably does! But I like to think I take it all with a pinch of salt and do my best to reflect on my actions and motives – so maybe I’m not the worst 😉
Still thanks for your thoughts Faye, I’m so interested to hear what other people still about this. xx
What a great post. I would be really interested to know how genuinely ‘shocked’ people are about this level of photo-editing. So often people seem outraged yet everyone edits any content they put out there to some extent, whether it be relatively privately or totally public. This seems so obvious that I wonder whether backlash or outrage over it stems from a more judgmental place than a genuine feeling of having been lied to.
Your imagery and aesthetic is really beautiful, you can tell the care you put into it.
Thanks Gemma. That’s very true. I was even thinking this week, that as humans we intentionally choose how we dress our bodies, how we style our hair and present ourselves to the world. Is this deceptive and unauthentic because we’re not being 100% our raw, unpolished selves? Or are we expressing ourselves through material means? It’s an interesting discussion. xxx
For so many people to be up in arms about the issue of authenticity, they all must be coming from the baseline assumption that blogs and social media personas are based on reality, or all scopes of reality. But why? A fashion blogger is not being “fake” by electing to keep her blog thematic instead of choosing to be open about other aspects of her life like money ,, health, and romantic relationships. A photographer is not being “dishonest” by editing their photos unless they outright lie and say the photos are unedited. It seems like people hone in on curated content for being somehow deceitful, but if total authenticity is never claimed, then what is there for people to be upset about? The fault falls entirely on the shoulders of the consumer. Content creators have a right to create and curate their work as well as the aspects of their personality and life that they choose to reveal or omit, and in the areas of interior staging/prop staging/photoshoots in particular, whether or not the depicted situation or display is real or staged shouldn’t matter anyway, as it’s not the focus of the work to begin with.
Wow! You have expressed this all so much more succinctly and eloquently than me! I guess the crux of the discussion is where does the line fall between curation and “authenticity” or “honesty”. But I completely agree with what you say. I don’t think consumers fully understand the assumptions they place upon a lot of content. It would serve us all to be more reflective and critical or analytical of what we consume and our relationship with it. xx
Such an interessting question to ask!! Thanks for this food for thought.
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