And it’s low-budget trailerpark cousin, the blur and grain merge look.
Jesse Rosten feels much the same way, and made a (fake) ad for the ultimate beauty product: Fotoshop by Adobé:
I like to shoot real people doing interesting and creative and sexy things; and by real people I mean all shapes, sizes, colors and gender identities. I want to document how wonderful the entire panorama of the human phenotype is. If I wanted to shoot a Madison Avenue pedobear’s wet dream, I’d do CGI – because the unrealistic ideal is a poor caricature of the innate beauty of the natural human form.
Not to say I’m not against a touch of healing brush or even a wee bit of clone; there’s no reason an errant zit or stray hair should ruin an otherwise fantastic shot. But I detest all the glamour pics I see where the skin has been averaged out into painted stainless steel mockery of what people really look like. Liquify? Are you kidding me? I’m a photographer, not an artist; my medium is documentation not creating some fantastic version of some fleeting ideal of beauty foisted on us by an industry that is desperate to justify it’s own existence.
Great people, looking great – that’s my working motto.