One Click Makes You Larger

Laurie and Debbie say:

Hewlett Packard has gone down the rabbit hole and done Photoshop one better with its new R927 camera. For a mere $400, you can buy a camera which will manipulate the picture in-camera to make people look ten pounds lighter. They do not seem to have provided the “ten pounds heavier” option; for that, you must download into Photoshop or a similar program and do it yourself.

Like so much in the size acceptance word, this would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic … and tragic if it wasn’t so funny. The only article we found showcasing this feature takes the tack that men can use it to please their girlfriends. What an original approach! 1) Assume that technology is used by men. 2) Assume that body image is an issue for women.

Right now, the camera has a limited suite of manipulation tools, and the product reviews don’t make it clear how many are one-touch. But think of the possibilities. You can make yourself not only thinner, but taller. You can give your teenage daughter a supermodel’s body just the way the pros do it, and you won’t have to starve her. You can “fix” your nose. You can change your skin color. You can do absolutely anything except what cameras do well: record something about what people actually look like.

In fact, what this does is put the riches of the Renaissance upper class in the hands of the mildly affluent: you no longer need a tame painter to paint your portrait the way you want to be remembered. You can do it yourself.

Pointer courtesy epi-lj, as so often.

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4 thoughts on “One Click Makes You Larger

  1. Oddly enough, while the only site I could find online was also a man using the camera to please his girlfriend, the ads where I originally hear about the feature (I can’t recall if they were radio or television now, but I think they were radio) had the opposite setup: A woman using the camera to take photos of her male SO in his swimming trunks and using the camera to eliminate his protrusions. Although it has the woman using the camera instead of the man, it was interesting in that it’s still the woman who cares about appearances, whether hers or her man’s, and the man who unabashedly goes to the beach, unaware of how gauche he’s apparently being. (I wish that take on men’s feelings about diplaying their bodies in public had held true for me.)

  2. That’s very interesting; more so because everything I know about body image says that having women as lovers, or women who help you form your body image in some other way, is way more likely to result in liking how you look than having men as lovers. Thus, the two groups most likely to obsess about their looks (though this is changing) are still straight women and gay men, while gay women and straight men are (somewhat) more likely to “unabashedly go to the beach.”

    I wish it had held true for you too.

  3. The further adventures of the Incredible Shrinking Girlfriend….

    This reminded me at first of my photographer friend, Barbara Landis, who maintains, “The camera always lies.” Of course, one has to study for quite awhile to have the skills to find the graphic truth in the lie. Your average amateur snapshot-taker has no idea of the variables involved in composing a photo.

    Then I thought of a fancy photocopier my goof-off co-workers and I discovered on a boring temp job. It had a shrinking feature–which was (back then) rare. The purpose seemed to be to shrink down 14-inch paper originals to fit on 11-inch stock. We used it to copy the work orders telling us what to do. We made them smaller, and smaller and smaller… until they were practically unnoticeable…which is the way we wanted them!

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