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Love Me by Zed Nelson

March 1, 2010

Photographer Zed Nelson made an exhibition of photography, questioning the beauty ideals of today. He tells that with all these ideals and improvement, the human body has also become a consumer purchase. However, the truth of the human body will always arise in the end.

”Beauty is a 160 dollar billion-a-year industry. The worldwide pursuit of body improvement has become a new religion.”

We live in a society filled with youth, beauty and ideals. Old, fat and different don’t seem to exist anymore in our media; magazines, advertising and tv.

The need for all this body improvement and plastic surgeon is constantly been told to us by this Western media. And this is also exported to the rest of the world. Western beauty standards are also influencing the oriental eyes and the African skin tone. Beauty pegeants as well as in America as in China are held across the country, the younger the better. These girls grow up with it, and don’t know anything different. The same with media, if we only see this same beauty ideal all the time, we intend to forget the rest and consider this only thing as the ‘right’ thing.

This Westernising of the human body has become a new form of globalisation. We blame the industry, but we might as well also blame ourselves. We create and contribute to this ideal.

As Zed Nelson says; ‘Like it or not, we are judged, and judge, by appearance. Perhaps we are obsessed with the way our own bodies look because we know how instinctively judgemental we are of the bodies we look at.”’

Check the website of Zed Nelson to watch the full exhibiton.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. claudiaengels permalink
    March 3, 2010 4:01 pm

    It reminds me of the exhibition “Niet Normaal” in the Beurs van Berlage. There was also an overlapping theme with society’s ideal of beauty: little clips of older women who had plastic surgery, but also pictures of a very young girl who wanted several cosmetic operations.

    Personally, I think that if you’re really unhappy with a certain body part, then plastic surgery could be an option. As long as it doesn’t go into the extreme… which happens a lot these days.

  2. Karlijn Klaver permalink*
    March 3, 2010 4:41 pm

    It reminds me of an expostition I saw last year in ‘de Kunsthal’ in Rotterdam of the dutch photographer Marcel van der Vlugt. It was called Beauty and other secrets. On his website you can see his work The collection is called A new day and is also about beauty ideals.

  3. ashleykluijt permalink*
    March 4, 2010 8:46 pm

    Yeah Karlijn I saw that exposition also and this reminds me also to his work

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